The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is making moves off the field, as it has announced several infrastructural projects that it would soon embark upon.
Listed under its mandate of strategic goals to improve football facilities across the country, the Federation on Wednesday kick-started major infrastructure upgrades at GFF Headquarters, BB Eccles Play Field, Ann’s Grove Community Ground on the East Coast, and in New Amsterdam – a big leap forward for the GFF.
The projects, funded by the FIFA Forward programme and CONCACAF’s One CONCACAF Programme (OCP), include the installation of a perimeter fence at a playfield in BB Eccles Housing Scheme on the East Bank; the rehabilitation of the GFF office building in Campbellville, Georgetown; and construction of changing rooms suitable for both male and female players and match officials at Ann’s Grove Community Ground and the Vryman Erven Ground in New Amsterdam.
“This is ground-breaking for us, because the whole rehabilitation process is part of the Federation’s strategic plan,” GFF First Vice-President Brigadier (rtd.) Bruce Lovell has said at a signing ceremony at GFF headquarters. “One of our strategic goals is to deal with the issue of infrastructure. The paucity of infrastructure has continued to hamper the effective development of football in Guyana.
“An important aspect of the works in Ann’s Grove and New Amsterdam has to do with ensuring that there are female-friendly facilities,” Lovell said, while urging the selected contractors to strive for the highest quality standards in construction, and to deliver the projects on time, to ensure value for all stakeholders.
The projects will begin as early as next week, and are due to be completed in June. In line with strict FIFA Forward regulations, the contracts were awarded following a thorough tendering process overseen by the global governing body of football. Progress would be monitored closely by the GFF and FIFA, to ensure the timely and high-quality delivery of the upgrades.
“This is a historical moment for us, as a Federation,” said GFF General Secretary Rev. Ian Alves. “We are endeavouring to make our football environment the best we can, especially for our stakeholders and members.”
The selected contractors are East Bank-based firms H&D Investments and Romano Builders Contractors, and Berbice-based Team Wanted Construction.