A field upgrade project to the tune of $500K begun on the Cook Islands Football Association’s main pitch in Matavera.
The project which has been a pipedream for over 18 months became a reality three weeks ago, when work got underway to improve the sand-carpet pitch ahead of a busy year for the Association.
CIFA president Lee Harmon said the project has been in the pipeline for a while now and we just received approval for funding earlier this month.
“We are very grateful to FIFA for the financial assistance and to Todd Bust of Ag & Turf for accepting to take on the contract,” he said.
The much-needed repairs followed several problems in recent football seasons, like surface flooding and a malfunctioned drainage system.
The maintenance work is expected to address these problems and prevent them from occurring in future seasons.
Carrying out the heavy-duty work is professional turf specialist AG and Turf Ltd from New Zealand under managing director, Todd Bust who will ensure the pitch is back in top form by early April.
The team have moved progressively despite heavy rainfall experienced in the last few weeks, installing a new and improved main lateral drainage system and now in the process of putting in slit drains.
Over the next week a series of 2×10 inch deep slits will cut through the length of the pitch to make way for gravel and sand into the surface before top dressing the field with 40mm of sand to let the grass grow through.
The project is expected to be completed by the first week of April in time for CIFA’s inaugural Kia Orana Youth Football Festival that will take place from the 15th– 22nd.
The whole infrastructure project is being fully funded by the FIFA Special Projects Fund.