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Futsal home - Solomon Star
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:11
futsalwireSolomon StarThe Solomon Islands national futsal team, Kurukuru, will very soon have a place to call home with the announcement that work on the country's first futsal stadium will begin in October. The first signs that the project will get underway came about in ...

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 Thursday, 22 September 2011 13:19 The Solomon Islands national futsal team, Kurukuru, will very soon have a place to call home with the announcement that work on the countrys first futsal stadium will begin in October.

The first signs that the project will get underway came about in August when FIFA gave the green light for the plan to go ahead.

A local contractor, Willies Construction, has already signed an agreement with FIFA to work on the project.

With this announcement comes the end to a long wait from futsal players and fans alike who have been calling for a national stadium to be built for the indoor code after the countrys success in the regional qualifiers for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Great excitement is building within SIFF as the stadium would enable more programs for futsal to be held.

SIFF small sided games development officer, Victor Waiia, says that the futsal stadium is the missing link for all futsal related development and his office looks forward to its completion.

The futsal stadium will be a dream come true for us who are managing futsal.

It will answer the need for a venue for technical programs, competitions and also for the national teams to train.

This is the key piece of the puzzle that we have been waiting for all along, Waiia said.

The need for a proper competitions venue for futsal has been festering ever since the code was introduced in the country some 10 years ago.

Competitions for women, youth and schools are already being talked about as SIFF looks ahead to the completion of the stadium.

The first stage of the work is already underway but it is primarily concerned with working with households who have planted food gardens inside the proposed site.

Immediately behind the SIFF headquarters and academy, the area has been used by households nearby for growing root crops and other food items.

A 30-day period has been given for the concerned persons to harvest and remove their produce and property from the site.

According to the consultant architect who is supervising FIFA funded projects in Solomon Islands, Francis Loboi, a notice has already been issued by the SIFF legal representative to those concerned and site excavation will start once it laps at the end of this month.

We are currently waiting for the notice to lapse before we start ground work on the site.

From there on heavy machinery will move in and excavation and site levelling will be carried out to prepare it for construction, Loboi says.

The time frame for work to complete has not been finalised but Loboi says that optimally the stadium should be ready for use by June 2012.

Work will be carried out in phases and the first phase of the project is focussed on the playing surface, changing rooms and toilet facilities and the roof.

The second phase of the project will cover seating and other sections within the stadium.

The construction plan is such that after the first phase is complete the facility will be usable and each subsequent phase will add sections until the whole facility is completed SIFF general secretary, Eddie Ngava says.

The aim is to have this facility ready for use as early as possible, hopefully in time to assist the national futsal team with their world cup preparations, Ngava said.

The national futsal stadium project is funded by FIFA Goal Football and FIFA Win in Oceania program.

SIFF has also requested part of the FIFA Financial Assistance program bonus to go towards the project.

The total cost for the stadium will exceed USD$162 000.00 (SBD$1.2 million).