GRANDE RIVIERE, SAINT LUCIA – Work is expected to commence sometime in November 2017, on the Grand Riviere Playing Field situated in the Mabouya Valley, and will be the technical centre for the development of football in Saint Lucia.

This will signal the commencement of GOAL Project II; an initiative of the Saint Lucia Football Association, FIFA, and the Government of Saint Lucia. A brand new artificial surface will be laid along with other amenities, which will make the facility the home of football.

Discussions were held between Mark Jonkers of the Netherlands who will spearhead the project, and SLFA President Lyndon Cooper, and Parliamentary Representative Shawn Edwards.

According to Shawn Edwards, “I am happy with the role I played as Sports Minister in the last Labour Administration, and also as Parliamentary Representative for Dennery North, to ensure the realization of this project.”

The FIFA Goal Project Programme was initiated by the former FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter for the benefit of national associations, and ratified by the 1999 Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Los Angeles.

Goal is a tailor-made development and assistance programme designed to realize projects based on the specific needs of national associations.

The Goal project undertaken by the Saint Lucia Football Association was the purchasing of a building in La Clery Castries as its new headquarters in keeping with the objective of FIFA in providing the Football Association with its own office facility. It houses all the office staff as well as an office of the President.

The premises caters for training programs and will eradicate the need to use hotel conference rooms in most instances. Most of the association’s course will now be held at the new headquarters coupled with the use of the La Clery Field. Already the National Association has completed long-term development plans that will ensure optimum utilization and performance of the completed facilities.