June 22, 2013 (BASSETERRE, St. Kitts) – CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Jeffrey Webb, attended FIFA’s Goal Project II Technical Centre groundbreaking ceremony in St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday, June 22nd.
“This investment will assist in the further transformation of football, sport and community development throughout St. Kitts and Nevis and its society,” said Webb addressing the audience during his speech.
Hosted by the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association President, Anthony Johnson, and General Secretary Stanley Jacobs, the ceremony greeted the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis;Governor-General, Sir Edmund Lawrence; Minister of Sports, Glenn F. Phillip;President of CFU, Gordon Derrick; SKNFA Executive Board Members; and several clubs.
Jacobs disclosed that the estimated cost of the entire project, which is funded by FIFA, is in the amount of US$500,000 for Phase One and another US$500,000 for Phase Two. The center will have a lecture hall to accommodate 100 people, video and audio visual capabilities, a medical room for aid treatment, library archive, national hall of fame center, fitness center, and accommodations to house two football teams. Phase Two will see two full-sized football fields.
In his address, PM Douglas commended the SKNFA for its vision and planning of the project which has lead up to it becoming a reality. Dr. Douglas talked about the benefits of being involved in sports and pointed out that healthy bodies make healthy minds. He expressed confidence that the facility would be renowned for the benefits to football players and football enthusiasts as well as to “our proud nation with the move forward on a policy to make St. Kitts-Nevis a sports tourism nation”.
During the ceremony, Webb presented the first official check for the ‘Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF’program in the amount US$100,000 to Johnson and Dr. Douglas.
“The main goal of every initiative conceived today at CONCACAF is to continue empowering the region through individual member development, by means of a sustainable strategy that will leave a positive and permanent imprint on our sport within the region,” explained Webb. “This first official check of $100,000 will help provide a wide variety of opportunities for the development of the game in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Goal Project I was used to build the Football House located on Lozac Road in Basseterre which was officially opened in 2008.