Works on Durban Park Football Complex moving apace; GFF President pleased with progress

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Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde on Tuesday gave local contracting firm McGregor’s Real Estate Development Inc. a positive review of the land clearing and filling work done at the Durban Park Football Complex presently under construction.

Forde visited the site to assess progress of Phase One, which covers the clearance, levelling and sand filling of half of the 7.3 acres of land leased to the Federation for 50 years to build a modern football stadium and GFF National Technical Center in the heart of Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown.

“We are very pleased with this phase of the work,” President Forde told the media during his site visit.

The local contractor won the $23.6M bid to ready the land acquired in 2018 for Phase Two, which covers major construction works over the next few years.

The land on which the multi-million-dollar world-class Durban Park Football Complex is being built on was low and prone to flooding.

The second half of the land will be levelled and filled over the next few months. Phase One, which commenced in April, has experienced minor delays due to inclement weather and sand unavailability.

However, Forde explained that the site is now ready to be used by young footballers in the surrounding neighbourhood with the first grassroots activity set to kick off this summer in partnership with the Georgetown Football Association (GFA).

“We know many of the kids, boys and girls from the adjoining communities – Hadfield, Durban Street (and) the entire Wortmanville Community – don’t have access to good safe spaces for playing football. We will be granting the entire community access to this sand filled space so they can actually come out here and have recreational games,” Forde said.

He added: “Our staff at the GFF along with other technical football development personnel from the Georgetown Football Association will be actively involved with some grassroots activities out here over the next couple of weeks.”

The Durban Park Football Complex, which is being funded by the One Concacaf Fund, is the centrepiece of President Forde’s infrastructural development vision for Guyana.

The entire project is expected to be completed in four years. (GFF)

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