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JFF Technical Centre gets FIFA nod

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
This building, which represents the first phase of construction of the Jamaica Football Federation's Technical Centre will feature 24 dorms when completed.
FIFA Member Assocition Service Director Theodore Giannikos (centre) makes a point to Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Captain Horace Burrell (right) and Project Manager Christopher Shaw during a tour of the JFF's Technical Centre construction project yesterday.
FIFA Member Assocition Service Director Theodore Giannikos (right) and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Captain Horace Burrell arrive at the JFF Technical Centre ahead of a tour yesterday.

FIFA Member Association Service Director Theodore Giannikos is satisfied with the progress made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, after yesterday assessing the construction of a 24-room dormitory building at the University of the West Indies (UWI) - based facility.

The first phase of the project was completed at a cost of US$480,000 ($61 million) and the second and final phase is expected to start this month end, costing US$620,000 (J$78.7 million). It is projected to be finished in six months.

"I am impressed. I think it is a good step towards the development of football in the country," Giannikos told The Gleaner.

"This is creative work, very important help to football. The federation will have a very good base to build from (when the building is completed) to help young footballers develop," he also added.

JFF's general secretary Raymond Grant says the second phase of the project was sent to FIFA for approval.

"The second phase is before FIFA for approval by March 28. If approved a contract should be signed between FIFA and YP Seaton (local contractors for the project)," Grant said.

"The good thing is that FIFA is satisfied with the plan, so work is expected to start later this month," the general secretary said.

According to JFF president Captain Horace Burrell it is long time coming but worth the wait.

"I'm extremely happy that phase one of the project is completed. The project has taken a long time but the vision is for the future. It will benefit generations to come. A lot has gone into the project. It is about the development of our football.

Christopher Shaw, project consultant explained that the three storey building will consist of 24 fully furnished double occupancy rooms, a lobby, manager's office, patio, canteen, technical area, library, cold storage and meeting area.

The property is on lands leased to the JFF by the UWI for 49 years.