JFF opens new turf, facility at Captain Horace Burrell Centre
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has officially opened the first of four full-size artificial turfs in the country.
The artificial turf is located at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on the grounds of The University of the West Indies, Mona.
The new building at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, which is expected to house 52 players and officials, was also officially opened.
The official opening took place on Wednesday following an exhibition game between a Reggae Boyz select team and a media select team.
JFF president, Michael Ricketts was satisfied with the achievement
He said that the various national teams will be able to train on the artificial turf at the facility, which is the surface that they play on at some international tournaments.
Ricketts, however, pointed out that the facility is not at the standard of those at the international level, with "a proper" facility occupying approximately 25 acres. He said the JFF is currently seeking and acquiring land of that size.
Stacy Lewis-Daniel, Senior Development Manager of FIFA, pledged the head body's support to the facility and praised the JFF for the accomplishment.
Lewis-Daniel said, "this launch of the artificial turf and dormitories is exactly what we need for football development, so the JFF is doing an excellent job and they have our full support."
Howard McIntosh, a senior manager of the project, said the facility is a major achievement for the JFF. He pointed out that it is 10 times less costly to maintain artificial surfaces than grass.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, speaking on behalf of Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, said the facility is a legacy of the JFF and former president, Captain Horace Burrell.