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Forbes backs Spring complex

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM
ISSA's Forbes - file

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

George Forbes, competitions director of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), has strongly defended his association's decision to stage matches at the Constant Spring Sports Complex, despite the concerns expressed by a number of coaches about the poor state of the playing surface.

The coaches have argued that the poor playing surface at the Constant Spring Sports Complex is making it very difficult for the teams to play good football.

However, yesterday Forbes rejected those suggestions, saying that a lot of the playing surfaces across the corporate area are not much better than the Constant Spring field and his association does not have the money to stage matches else where.

NO TO 'SPRING'

"I don't know about any poor surface, some of the coaches, for whatever reason, don't want the matches to be played at Constant Spring," said Forbes.

"We have tried Harbour View, it didn't work out; we have tried Arnett Gardens, it didn't work out; we have tried Waterhouse, it didn't work out; and Ferdie Neita Park, it didn't work out," he said.

"These people charged us a lot of money and we don't collect any money at the gate," Forbes said. "Harbour View is far, Portmore is far and violence at Arnett Gardens and Waterhouse. Most of the parents do not want their kids in these volatile areas, and so the parents are happy with the matches being played here," he said.

He added that the money which they have received from their sponsors is not enough to cover all the expenses, and therefore, they have to pay to rent the venue to host matches.

"We have a duty to make sure that at the end of the season, we are not broke, and so why must we spend $500,000 to go to the (National) Stadium to make $70,000?" he said.

"The sponsors give us money to run the competition ... (but) we have to ensure that we spend within our budget," Forbes concluded.