SIFF assessed project sites (Solomon Islands)

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The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, has conducted two tours to visit SIFF project sites in the Western and Malaita Province earlier this month.

Accompanying Ngava was architect, Francis Loboi, who is contracted to draw up the plans for the infrastructure developments at the two proposed sites.

Also in the team was Phillip Ohoto’ona who is the SIFF Special Projects Manager looking after the LEARN&play Project.

According to Ngava, the purpose of the visit was three-fold.

“The primary reason was to assess development sites which are in these two provinces and draw up specific architectural designs to be attached with final project documents for submission to the relevant funding bodies,” Ngava said.

The John F. Kennedy stadium in Gizo is earmarked for redevelopment into a regional training centre for football. The development is funded under FIFA Goal III Project.

The FIFA Goal III Project is also funding the redevelopment of the Aligegeo stadium which is about to be completed.

Further work on the Aligegeo field will be conducted this year and will see complete perimeter fencing erected around the facility.

This will be funded by the Oceania project under FIFA.

While in the Western Province the SIFF team paid a visit to Goldie College National Secondary School.

Goldie College is the partner school in the LEARN&play Project for the Western region of Solomon Islands.

At the school Loboi did assessments of the dormitories that were funded by the LEARN&play project.

Loboi also conducted similar work on the LEARN&play funded dormitory and classroom at Aligegeo School.

The group also took the opportunity to look at possible sites for the construction of Futsal courts in the two provinces.

In the Western Province a suitable site inside the JFK Stadium area has been identified. A similar site has also been looked at in Aligegeo, Malaita Province.

SIFF has held very positive discussions with a potential partner who is willing to provide funding for the development of both futsal courts.

The courts will be constructed up to international standards to accommodate national and, eventually, international competitions.

Ngava explained that the objectives for the tour have been achieved and will pave the way for quick progress on ground work on the projects targeted for Malaita and Western Province in 2010.

Contracts will be signed next week with the construction company who will be working at the JFK Stadium and hopefully work should start around March/April 2010.

Work on the Futsal courts will begin when details with the organization which is funding the project are finalized.

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