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Work to start soon on new dormitory at JFF Academy

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
JFF boss Captain Horace Burrell

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, said work on a new dormitory at the JFF Football Academy will commence at the University of the West Indies campus next month.

The dormitory, which will house 52 individuals, will be constructed under the FIFA Goal Projects four and five. Burrell said the total cost of the project is $1.1 million US dollars, which is being fully funded by FIFA.

"We are very happy that this has come through," said Burrell, during a press conference, which was held at the JFF head office in New Kingston yesterday.

"This (dormitory) was first slated to be built in Portmore, then in St Elizabeth and then quite wisely, we decided to have it here at the University of the West Indies," Burrell said.

"Phases four and five involve the construction of a dormitory block which will house some 52 individuals at any one time with all the various facilities there," the JFF boss said.

Burrell added that all the necessary paper work has been completed and a number of companies have tendered bids for the construction of the facility.

"The work is definitely going to start in March and right now the papers are in place and the funds are in the bank waiting," Burrell said.

"The tender process closes this morning (yesterday). Nine contractors submitted their bids and the contractor will be named in short order," he said.

Burrell noted the completion date for the facility is set for December.