LocalNewsSports Second phase of Goal II Project to commence by: – February 18, 2014 90 Views no discussions Share Share DFA president Glen Ettienne (right) handing over the contract to Steve AstaphanAfter more than two years delay, work is expected to commence within two weeks on the second phase of the Goal II project at Stockfarm, the Dominica Football Association has announced. The first phase of the FIFA sponsored project saw the completion of the playing field at Stockfarm. On March 2, 2011 funds were approved by FIFA for the continuation of the project (phase II), but due to challenges, it was delayed.The US $527,000 contract for phase II of the project was officially presented to contractor Steve Astaphan of JARS Services at a press conference on Tuesday, February 18, 2014“Today marks a very special day for us at the Dominica Football Association, the football family and by extension the Commonwealth of Dominica,” DFA president, Glen Ettienne said.He admitted that the long wait was “quite frustrating and disturbing” but they are now seeing light at the end of the tunnel which augurs well for football in Dominica. “The second phase of the project will see the erection of the perimeter fencing, seating accommodation on the eastern side, player’s dressing room and a room for match officials,” Ettienne said. Upon completion of this phase, the next phase will consist of additional seating accommodation on the western side, dormitories and match official quarters. “This phase will be very important because it will mean that when staging regional and international matches teams will be hosted at the facility,” Ettienne noted. It is believed that when the project is completed, it will benefit football tremendously and “football will finally have a home”.“With this new facility the standard of football is expected to enhance, since most of the matches played under the auspices of the DFA will be staged here. A better playing facility will result in a better brand of football,” he added.Moreover, Ettienne said the completion of this facility will see direct financial benefit for the local team.“The DFA will now be in a position to collect gate receipts [and] a percentage of that gate receipt will be given to the teams so as to defray some of the cost associated with travelling to the matches at Stockfarm”.He believes that the future of football is bright and the opportunities are endless, however, what is required is “for the players to take advantage and to make the best use of the opportunities that will present themselves”. “It has been a long drawn out process for two years, we’ve gone back and forth,” Steve Astaphan of JARS Company said.He is confident however that the entire project will go as planned.As of yesterday, February 17, the mobilization work commenced on the project and as soon as the carnival 2014 celebrations are over, work will commence in earnest.“As soon as carnival is done there will be the demolition of the existing stand to be moved over the existing side. Well before we do that, we have to prepare and re-paint all steel-frame structures and have them erected after,” Astaphan said. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharing is caring!