September 10, 2010
Lighting up Calliaqua

The Calliaqua Playing Field should soon be floodlit, as enhancements to playing facilities here continue.{{more}}

This was disclosed by parliamentary representative for East St. George, Clayton Burgin, as he addressed the opening of the W & J Construction Calliaqua Area Development Organisation (CADO) Calliaqua Football League last Sunday afternoon at the Calliaqua Playing Field.

Burgin confirmed that the lights have arrived in the state and the necessary arrangements will be made for their installation.

He said that with the lights, Football can be played later in the evening and into the night.

This was welcome news to the fifteen teams participating in the competition, spectators and other users of the facility, as well as persons who attended the opening ceremony, which was also carried live on two local radio stations.

Burgin’s pronouncements follow that of Manager of the National Lotteries Authority, Mc Gregor Sealey, who at the 2009 National Sports Awards in April revealed that the Calliaqua Playing Field would be lit.

The parliamentary representative said with Calliaqua Playing Field being lit, and the acquisition of mobile lights to be used at the proposed Technical Centre of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation to be built at the Brighton Playing Field, the playing of Football in the constituency will be encouraged.

The Technical Centre is the Federation’s FIFA Goal Project One.

The lighting of several fields and hard courts has been proposed in recent times by top sporting and government officials here.

Manager of the National Sports Council, Osbourne Browne, in an earlier interview with SEARCHLIGHT stated that the Keartons Playing Field, Buccament, Stubbs, South Rivers, Chili, Cane End, London, Keartons, the Richland Park hardcourt, a choice between Cumberland and Petit Bordel, and the Richmond Hill Playing Field, are earmarked to get lights.

The Richland Park Hardcourt has since had lights installed.

The Victoria Park, located in capital Kingstown, remains the lone playing field which has been lit to facilitate sporting events at night. (RT)