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Home of Football Thread
« on: April 11, 2017, 01:38:10 AM »
FIFA President in T&T – Ato Boldon Stadium announced as Home for Football.
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The official visit to this country by FIFA President Gianni Infantino as guest of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association grabbed the headlines in the local media on Monday and Tuesday.

Infantilo arrived at the Piarco International Airport shortly after 10am and was welcomed off the private jet by TTFA President David John Williams and members of the Executive along with Minister of Sport Darryl Smith. And following a short arrival ceremony at the Diplomatic Lounge, he headed to Port of Spain in six-car convoy for meetings with the President of the Republic, His Excellency Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as members of FIFA,TTFA and the Government also had lunch together at the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Lounge in St Ann’s, Port of Spain.

This was followed by a Press Conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium which preceded a goodwill football match at the Couva venue.

“The T&T Football Association has finally gotten a home of its own. Yesterday this was confirmed at a press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva,” the Guardian wrote.

Infantino and Minister Smith turned the sod on the North Greens at Ato Boldon Stadium to officially begin the construction process of a building where the business of football will soon be transacted, 109 years after the TTFA was formed.

Infantino said it was a moment to celebrate that after so many years the TTFA has finally got a home of its own, noting that a home is not just the building or the four walls, but a home is a place where you can go back and resource yourself and think about the future. “Well now the T&TFA has a home and can channel and structure that great passion that exists for football here in this great country.”

The FIFA football boss congratulated Government for its support towards the sport, noting that he has observed football pitches everywhere, youngsters playing everywhere, as well as the passion the country has for the sport, which is a main ingredient needed to build a new football organisation. Funding for the project was made available courtesy a joint initiative by the FIFA and the SporTT. The new home at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva will enable the national team access to training and play matches at the nearby Stadium as well as training facilities.

However, matches will still be played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium which has been the country’s main home ground for international matches.

Infantino explained that like the TTFA, the FIFA has got to put the business of football first, which was sadly lacking in the past. He pointed out that when we work we have to adhere to good ethical standards and apply good governance standards as well as accountability and transparency, saying they too at FIFA have to be accountable for what they do. “And if we do that we can focus on what we have to do, which is playing football, living football, breathing football and developing football. This will help associations such as the TTFA to improve football” Infantino said.

John-Williams mentioned that the TTFA has made tremendous strides in restructuring and developing the game since they entered office and the new home for the TTFA will be another deliverable. He told a large gathering that his TTFA has made available audited financial statements to the FIFA which was a requirement to receiving funding from the FIFA, as well as initiated the development of a National Elite Youth League.

Smith congratulated the TTFA for following the FIFA in its operation which focuses on transparency, saying there has been a clear effort by both Infantino and John Williams to clean up corruption in football, noting that government has taken a page in this approach to stamp out corruption, saying they have been doing their best to put policies in place to deal with sport.

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A home for football at last.
By Walter ALibey (Guardian).


The T&T Football Association has finally gotten a home of its own. Yesterday this was confirmed at a press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, that included FIFA president Gianni Infantino, director of Caribbean Football at Concacaf Horace Reid, T&T Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith, TTFA president David John-Williams, chairman of the Sport Company Michael Phillips and a wide cross section of the football fraternity that included national coach Dennis Lawrence and his assistant Stern John, Carolina Morace- the TT Women’s coach and Russell Latapy among others.

Infantino and Minister Smith turned the sod on an empty piece of land alongside the Ato Boldon Stadium to officially begin the construction process of a building where the business of football will soon be transacted, 109 years after the TTFA was formulated.

Infantino said it was a moment to celebrate that after so many years the TTFA has finally got a home of its own, noting that a home is not just the building or the four walls, but a home is a place where you can go back and resource yourself and think about the future. “Well now the T&TFA has a home and can channel and structure that great passion that exists for football here in this great country.”

The FIFA football boss congratulated Government for its support towards the sport, noting that he has observed football pitches everywhere, youngsters playing everywhere, as well as the passion the country has for the sport, which is a main ingredient needed to build a new football organisation. Funding for the project was made available courtesy a joint initiative by the FIFA and the SporTT. The new home at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva will enable the national team access to training and play matches at the nearby Stadium as well as training facilities.

However, matches will still be played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium which has been the country’s main home ground for international matches.

Infantino explained that like the TTFA, the FIFA has got to put the business of football first, which was sadly lacking in the past. He pointed out that when we work we have to adhere to good ethical standards and apply good governance standards as well as accountability and transparency, saying they too at FIFA have to be accountable for what they do. “And if we do that we can focus on what we have to do, which is playing football, living football, breathing football and developing football. This will help associations such as the TTFA to improve football” Infantino said.

John-Williams boasted that his association has made tremendous strides in restructuring and developing the game since they entered office and the new home for the TTFA will be another deliverable. He told a large gathering that his TTFA has made available audited financial statements to the FIFA which was a requirement to receiving funding from the FIFA, as well as initiated the development of a National Elite Youth League. He also announced that his association is on the verge of securing the right to host the Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers in January.

Smith congratulated the TTFA for following the FIFA in its operation which focuses on transparency, saying there has been a clear effort by both Infantino and John Williams to clean up corruption in football, noting that government has taken a page in this approach to stamp out corruption, saying they have been doing their best to put policies in place to deal with sport.

Infantino arrived in T&T yesterday morning and has been a guest of President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.







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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 06:09:48 AM »
So we need Infantino to fly from Europe to our own Country and we own Stadium just to tell we Ato Boldon Stadium is we new home.... what a bunch of horse shit. De Stadium own by T&T government and big belly Darryl Smith is de MoS, he needed Infantino to tell him give T&T football de stadium? Darrly Smith will soon be gone, ah cah wait, what a waste

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 06:36:40 AM »
So we need Infantino to fly from Europe to our own Country and we own Stadium just to tell we Ato Boldon Stadium is we new home.... what a bunch of horse shit. De Stadium own by T&T government and big belly Darryl Smith is de MoS, he needed Infantino to tell him give T&T football de stadium? Darrly Smith will soon be gone, ah cah wait, what a waste



I hope Lookloy give Infanto  the document from the Super League, and he in turn make DJW sign it. Then this trip would be worthwhile.

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 04:38:28 AM »
So where W Connection home games will be played now?

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2017, 04:51:29 AM »
So where W Connection home games will be played now?



At the new DJW-Infantino Center for Excellence at Ato Bolden Stadium.

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2017, 05:20:40 AM »
So where W Connection home games will be played now?



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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 05:43:05 AM »
Carolina brakes the slide tackle or wha  :laugh:

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 07:51:39 AM »
Smith congratulated the TTFA for following the FIFA in its operation which focuses on transparency, saying there has been a clear effort by both Infantino and John Williams to clean up corruption in football, noting that government has taken a page in this approach to stamp out corruption, saying they have been doing their best to put policies in place to deal with sport.
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Anyway the fella in the back row, center in red, posing like Ruud Gullit.

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 01:47:48 AM »
Aimar says T&T football centre is vital.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


Former Argentina international player Pablo Aimar had a message for all footballers in T&T before he departed our shores following a short visit as a FIFA legend alongside President Gianni Infantino on Monday.

“Make full use of the opportunities that will come your way,’ Aimar said in an interview on Tuesday morning before he departed Piarco Airport.

Aimar and former Colombian international Juan Pablo Angel visited the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva for TTFA Press Conference and Goodwill football match. Both played for the FIFA/TTFA team which ran out 6-0 winners over a Government/Sportt outfit. He was there to witness the announcement by Minister of Sport Darryl Smith and TTFA President David John-Williams of the sport new home of football with the establishment of a national football centre. This was also endorsed by Infantino with the creation to be part of the FIFA Goal Project.

“Having the National Development Centre will be brilliant for football in Trinidad y Tobago. You can see in other countries how important it is and now for your association and with he help of FIFA, you can turn it into something great for the game here. This will be beautiful for the players and the national teams to have now in your country,” the 37-year-old Aimar added.

“It is everyone’s dream to become great or to have a good life and football can do this for you. Now there is a chance for that dream to become closer for many of the people,” said the former River Plate player.


Pablo Aimar, centre, comes under challengefrom T&T's legend Russell Latapy with FIFA President Gianni Infantino providing support during Monday's Goodwill football match at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Photo by Nicholas Williams.

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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2017, 04:52:05 AM »
This  is all well and nice but what ever happened to the House that " Jack" built? Aka The Center of Excellence? 
Couldwhat we are seeing here is another Mansion for DJW? 
Both the gifts from FIFA?  Did the Center for Excellence came after narrowly missing WC playoffs? Ummm wondering how much of the " sell out " theory is manifesting itself in different ways?

Is like the more things change the more they look the same - strange paradox! BTW whatever is happening to the " special Advisor?" The architect on how to turn football into a profitable venture and live comfortably with millions at ones disposal?

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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2017, 05:07:11 AM »
Wait, I miss something??

What football centre they talking about?

They going and modify de Ato Boldon Stadium?

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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2017, 05:16:06 AM »
Wait, I miss something??

What football centre they talking about?

They going and modify de Ato Boldon Stadium?



No. They going to build some practice facilities next to the ATO Boldon. There is space around the stadium. The government granted(I think) the land for TTFA to build a training center. So I far as the terms are, this supposed to be the TT National Teams(plural with an "S") training center, and NOT( and I say NOT) DJohn Williams center of excellence. So let's see where the trail leads.

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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2017, 06:02:46 AM »
Football icons foresee benefits of National Training Centre.
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Lawrence, Gally, Latapy talk about Gains of National Centre

Following the recent announcement that the Ato Boldon Stadium will be transformed to the Home of Trinidad and Tobago Football with the establishment of a National Training Centre, a few former and current national team coaches and players have tipped their hats on the revelation by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

The news which was revealed by Sports Minister Darryl Roberts and TTFA President David John-Williams, and endorsed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, was the top of the agenda on the visit by the FIFA chief last week.

“This has been a long time coming. It is the best thing that can happen for football in Trinidad and Tobago,” Everald “Gally” Cummings told TTFA Media.

“We need to accept and understand our way of doing things and why it is important  and I think this establishment will allow us to do this. Something like this I felt should have been there since the days when myself, Dick Furlonge, Leroy De Leon, Jan Steadman and the Dupreys were playing the game. People were saying these boys should be kept together in a training environment. Even though we all ended up playing on the national team, we did it the hard way by working on our own and playing in the North American Soccer League back then.

“But now it seems to be coming to fruition which I commend the FA for. Hopefully for this generation the national training centre will make things a bit more easier for them,” Cummings said.

“This will now allow our players to be housed and trained regularly, coaching courses can take place more than normal because in my days I had to travel to Europe and South America to get my licences and now coaches will have the chance to undergo similar courses right here at home,” said Cummings.

He also commended the TTFA for its intentions of also establishing a national football museum. “I want to commend the TTFA for this. I also heard that there were images of our past and present teams and players put up in the corridors of the dressing rooms at the National Stadium which is a good start because we need to remember and highlight our own before waiting for others to do it,” he said.

Current national team head coach Dennis Lawrence also spoke on the “Home of football” having come from an environment at Everton and Wigan Athletic where the various facilities for development are a norm and recognising now that the TTFA will  try to create a similar environment in Couva.

“To have a national training centre, infact a home for football, allows you to firstly be able to plan and also deliver,” Lawrence said.

“It also allows work to be done in a constructive way, allowing the players to be focused without distractions  and therefore I think it’s an amazing accomplishment that Trinidad & Tobago football can only benefit from,” added the former Wrexham man.

Russell Latapy, currently the head coach of the T&T Under 17 and Under 15 Men’s Team, also played under “Gally” in the mid to late 80s but entered a professional environment at club level when he moved to Portugal to join Academica in the early 90s. Throughout his illustrious career as a player and then as a coach, Latapy has spent most of his football hours at advanced centres.

“A national training centre is vital and essential in my view for us to get back to that place where I think we should be in Caribbean football and then look to reach higher in Concacaf,” Latapy said.

“It would be a place where we can house, feed and teach our kids the right things that would help to change the way they think about the game. We can have the kids in there every weekend which gives the coaches more time to work with them. We can do a session or two in the week which will help the players to also concentrate  on their education at school and then have them come in on the weekends with two sessions and maybe a game on the weekend. This will definitely be  welcomed for the benefit of our game. This will give our young men the opportunity to have a proper chance of playing professionally and changing their lives,” Latapy said.

More on the National training centre will be revealed in due course with some of the plans including the laying down of new natural grass and artificial training pitches, accommodation for residential training camps, Coach Education facilities, Indoor Gym and Rehab facilities, Administrative offices and Meeting Rooms and Facilities for Press events among other football development items which will be installed in phases.

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2017, 01:51:14 AM »
Cabinet approves land for TTFA Home of Football.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is pleased to announce that Cabinet this week approved lands in the vicinity of the Ato Boldon Stadium for lease to the TTFA for the Home of Football.

After over 100 years of not having a home, the TTFA is much closer to realising the dream of having its own Training and Technical Centre in the not too distant future. Together with being compliant with the requirements of FIFA, the FA will now pursue in earnest the development of its Technical Centre in the shortest possible time.

The TTFA will like to thank the Prime Minister,  and his Cabinet and by extension the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the support it has given to the TTFA over the past 12 months.

The first phase of the Home of Football will include the construction of player accommodations, two additional training pitches  to be flood-lit together with ancillary facilities and a beach soccer pitch. The second phase will include four additional pitches comprising of both artificial and natural grass surfaces and a futsal court.

Additionally, the TTFA has received approval from FIFA to restart the Income Generation Project which was stalled under the previous administration.

This project will now be of a different nature as proposed by the new TTFA administration and approved by FIFA and will take the form of an Entertainment and Sports Bar and Restaurant project at the Home of Football. This income generation project will capture not only the patrons who attend local and international events at the state of the art Cycling Velodrome and Aquatic Centre and the nearby National Cricket Centre but also other guests who may chose to experience all attractions at the Home of Football.

This is a key step towards the FA’s strive to be self-sustainable and to raise additional revenue that will assist in the development of our country’s football which is so badly needed.

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2017, 09:10:22 AM »
Nice, glad to see they trying new stuff to with the bar and the restaurant instead of just looking for handout.

But time will tell if it will ever materialize.


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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2017, 04:44:46 PM »

Ato Boldon Stadium today

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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2017, 06:21:25 AM »
"Great "engineering. Who designed the stadium. Local or foreign.

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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2017, 06:39:42 AM »
Jack Warner son won all the contract to build them for stadium in 2001

Water more than flour, no drainage.



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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2017, 07:17:54 AM »
That is also a boo for T&F.

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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2017, 01:41:55 AM »
Stadia affected by heavy rainfall.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


THE pair of sporting stadia, in Couva (Ato Boldon) and Marabella (Manny Ramjohn), have been affected by the persistent rainfall which have left parts of Trinidad under water for the past few days.

Kairon Serrette, facilities manager at the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT), pointed out that the National Cycling Centre and the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva were both untroubled by the constant showers.

But the neighbouring Ato Boldon Stadium’s main and training fields have been closed for a week due to wear and tear caused by a number of downpours during this month.

The stadium was in the news for the wrong reasons on October 9 when photos of its waterlogged athletic track was shown globally, via mainstream media and social media, by the United States Soccer Federation.

Concerning the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Serrette said, “the stadium’s management was a little concerned about the amount of games and the (inclement) weather. They may move some matches as a result.”

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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2017, 02:13:33 AM »
“the stadium’s management was a little concerned about the amount of games and the (inclement) weather. They may move some matches as a result.”

I hope the training center has an auxilliary field with a turf field playing surface.

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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2017, 12:02:09 PM »
Yeah, if not make some. No matter the country flooding and ppl living quarters partly underwater, build a next stadium and full the seats for football. That should take their minds off their troubles. ::)
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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2018, 03:33:30 AM »
TTFA gets thumbs up from Sports Minister on Home of Football progress.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association received a welcomed visit from Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith as he and other officials of the Sportt Company, Sport Ministry and the TTFA conducted a site visit of the TTFA Home of Football in Couva on Wednesday.

TTFA President David John-Williams used the opportunity to show some of the upgrades made at the venue including improvements to the playing field’s drainage system and the progress of the construction of the training fields. There will be a total of six training fields at the home of football upon completion.

The main field is currently undergoing work and is expected to be in prime condition for next Thursday’s opening double header of the CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship with T&T facing Haiti at 7:30pm and Canada taking on Costa Rica from 5pm. The new digital scoreboard installed by the TTFA will also be unveiled for the first time for international competition next Thursday.

Minister Smith expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far and the discussions held with TTFA officials and Sportt led by chairman Dinanath Ramnarine. He also pledged the Ministry’s support towards the upcoming CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s championship which will see seven nations join the hosts in the battle for three qualifying spots from January 18-28 for the 2018 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in France.

“ Congratulations to TTFA. It is fantastic to see from paper work to reality. We did a walk through today with Sportt Company, Ministry and TTFA where we visited a number of the sites where work has started. The fields are up and we are looking at finalising where the Sportel and the entertainment centre is going. Work is well on its way and I am happy for the aspect of it,” Smith told TTFA Media.

“But also more importantly I am hoping that all of Trinidad and Tobago comes out next Thursday and support our Lady Warriors who will be doing battle in the CONCACAF Under 20 Championship. I think we have very good chances and I am hoping we can go on to qualify for a Women’s World Cup for the first time. The field looks immaculate and we are doing some sprucing up of the facility.

“We are hoping that corporate Trinidad and Tobago comes on board as well but at $40 for double headers for that period of time, I think Trinidad and Tobago needs that twelfth man and I am hoping we get that support.

“I am very optimistic. What I am very proud of with TTFA is this home of football is going to be one of the pure homes of football where the three different types of football will be played and not much other facilities in the world have that and this will be there along with the gyms and other facilities. So Trinidad and Tobago is pushing forward with sport and you will hear more pretty soon about how we are going to maximize this for it to be the sporting capital of the region.”

Video - Sports Minister conducts site visit at TTFA Home of Football

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« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2018, 05:51:16 PM »
smh.. Can barely maintain, but we can build. Spoke to the maintenance crew at CCCan last year. 4 ppl to do cleaning the whole pool building during and after events, 2 guys and 2 girls. They had to lift and carry the garbage over 500 yards away. I counted 8 administrators in the office, awaiting questions and to provide service. Build. how the Lara build going.
ps: the maintenance staff and security personnel did and wanted to say more, but asked me to keep things on the low, as they were afraid of losing their jobs. I already gave the story about the police checkpoint .

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« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2018, 06:42:14 PM »
The general appearance of the stadia are still good. But more needs to to done so they don't lag behind. Look at the athletics track at Ato. The red on the track fading to black. Do the athletes in Central train on that track?  Honestly I am glad they were built. It is just that football is in a mess. And it does not help when there is wanton and deliberate murders in the country. Tell me, who in their right will go to support the village team when upon returning home from an enjoyable evening of football, you and your friends are accosted by the village(idiot) predator and killed for fun. I honestly think football is being hurt by the crime within the community that plays most of the football. They could do all the fixing they want. That crime rate has to go down.

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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2018, 09:57:51 PM »
Deeks, remember one of my 1st post ever about the problem with our football being a socio-economic issue? Many laughed, some got derisive, some discussed and some debated. We needing to fix our public issues to improve our game. Then we went WC , the big fete and many ppl forget our problems and issues, and didn’t give a flyin fack bout nothing else. The problems grew and festered, and now out of control. Yet we may lose a limb, but can save the rest of the body, we can still have a decent life, even if we might be slightly defected, we can still do things, be respected and proud. But we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We have to focus on repairing our society and not be distracted by the short term goals and achievements. I don’t need no put on back for calling it, cause that don’t fix. We need to discuss, unite and then act. Our lsociety ike our football today, we can wait for others to fix, and cuss them and everyone else when it isn’t.
We have to choose from where and what approach to start the treatment, but we have to give up something and it won’t be fun. Some friends and family would have to be given up, some might be able to be saved. We will have to sacrifice some and sacrifice ourselves . We have to find leaders and give our lives for them. We still may not be ready.
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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2018, 05:14:59 AM »
Update on TTFA Home of Football Project.
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As a matter of public interest here is an update on the TTFA Home of Football project.

In August 2017 the Government of Trinidad and Tobago approved a long awaited request, when it granted 7.64 hectors of land to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in order to establish a home for football.

The land is separated into three main parcels, one located in close proximity to the National Cycling Center and two west of the Ato Boldon Stadium.The association quickly mobilized in order to make this distant dream a reality and got approval from FIFA for the ‘go ahead’ in September with the official Sod Turning ceremony being held on September 29.

After countless brainstorming and planning sessions the plans for various aspects of the project were approved and sent to Town and Country Planning for final approval on the building projects which finally came in February 2018.

At the time of this update, two new training fields are 90% completed and the foundation has been laid for the Athletes Accommodation facility. The “Income Generation Project” (which include, small goal pitches, the Beach Football pitch as well as the bar and recreational area) 50% completed.

With offices for the TTFA, TT Pro League, TT Super League, SSFL, WoLF and Referees’ Department already relocated or established at the Ato Boldon Stadium, The Home of Football is now a reality.

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One of the new training pitches at right next to the existing training pitch at the Ato Boldon Stadium, TTFA Home of Football.Photo/TTFA


Site for the Beach Soccer Pitch, Recreation and Entertainment Centre, Restaurant and Additional training pitch. Photo at top of page shows the site for the Player Accommodation Hotel.

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2018, 12:42:13 AM »
Nepfer sees benefits of National Training Centre and Home of Football.
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FIFA head of technical development services Jurg Nepfer sees the establishment of a national training centre as significantly beneficial towards the development of local football in the future.

Nepfer was speaking while in Port of Spain on Tuesday for the ongoing FIFA Technical Directors Course for member associations at the Hilton, Trinidad and Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“ Each federation should have a national technical centre in place. It’s like the home of local football where they can have all their activities, they can have training camps, grassroots activities, youth football, coach education,” Nepfer said.

“I think it is important that each federation should have an identification not only a home of football,a headquarters of a federation but also a national technical centre which also speaks for the image of an association, Of course it gives a lot of opportunity to a federation to do a lot of the activities at the same place. Of course we are supporting very much that each federation has technical centre and we have our programmes in place to assist the federations financially in order to construct such a centre,” said Nepfer.

Also speaking this week at the start of the course was CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts who lauded the collaboration efforts of FIFA and CONCACAF.

“I think the ongoing work that is being done by our technical directors and the subsequent support you are receiving from FIFA is hugely important. We all know as people operating at this level of football that the plans and technical information being passed down is hugely important. I think this programme working with local people from the Confederation in association with the Confederation and working with people like Anton Corneal, Lenny Lake and Rodrigo Kenton, people who know this region is a big focus for us and a big advantage for us,” Roberts added.

The former Grenada international said he was encouraged by the Confederation being able to utilise experts from the region alongside those of FIFA.

Among the topics will be the roles and responsibilities of a technical director, Report of Training analysis, reporting of match training analysis and coach education  analysis among other items There are practical and theoretical sessions foreseen. Importance will be given to the practical sessions on days 1 to 3, which are:The organization of a youth match;
 The visit of the training of one of these two teams;
 A session on coaching education as part of your coaching education system.

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2018, 08:54:00 AM »
I am almost sure most on the forum don't have any problem with this facility. Most or all think it is long overdue. The problem is transparency. All the major infrastructure projects always or always appear to have "rachifee" in the process. George V park stadium project 30 years ago, Caroni Racing complex, Lara stadium, Napa, Tobago hospital, housing, etc, etc. DJW and FIFA seems to be hiding things. No bidding for contracts. Yes, we glad for these thingS. But forumites, beggars can't be choosers. Take what you get.

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Re: Ato Boldon Stadium Thread
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