GFF’s NTC sees upgrades ahead of Elite League opener

The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) National Training Centre (NTC) pitch has undergone upgrades and testing over the past few months in preparation for Season Six of the Elite League set to kick off on February 25 at the Providence, East Bank Demerara facility.
The synthetic turf received a makeover from the Netherlands-based specialist company Greenfields with funds provided by FIFA to guarantee ideal playing conditions for the ten Elite League clubs.
Complementing the recently installed FIFA-approved floodlights, the entrance platform of the pitch received a comprehensive refurbishment, repairs were meticulously executed on the pitch’s seams and lines, and new ball catcher nets were installed.

A look at some of the upgrades done at the GFF’s National Training Centre

GFF President Wayne Forde said he is delighted to see the Elite League’s return to the NTC.
“Over the past few months, considerable efforts and funds have been invested in enhancing the facility to elevate both player and fan experiences. We are fully prepared for what promises to be a successful Season Six.”
The enhancements were finalised on January 24, accompanied by training for the local maintenance team on proper procedures, along with the provision of a Maintenance Manual.
Elite League Season Six will feature defending champions Guyana Defence Force, Western Tigers, Guyana Police Force, Fruta Conquerors, Den Amstel, Buxton United, Ann’s Grove, Santos, Monedderlust and Slingerz. A total of ninety games will be played at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence and #5 Ground in Berbice. Match days, predominantly featuring double-headers, will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
The champions will be awarded $2,000,000 in cash prize, with second, third and fourth- place finishers receiving prizes of $1,200,000, $800,000 and $500,000, respectively.
Under Forde’s guidance, significant investments have been made in advancing club football across Guyana.
The League is the pinnacle of local senior men’s competition. It is a pathway for players to be scouted for the national team programme, as well as by regional and international clubs.