Raoul Illidge Sports complex set to be re-opened to public

POSTED: 02/2/12 2:28 PM

St. Maarten – New and strict measures will be implemented at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex when it re-opens to the general public on February 13. The decision to re-open the facility, which has been closed for an extended period, was reached at a meeting between the management board and the caretaker Owen Nickie, who is also president of the St Maarten Football Association.
“Only the track around the field will be used. We still have some sections of the field which must have top soil applied to it before it can be used. The inner section of the field which has been overhauled completely is not player friendly as yet and because of that, there will be limitations to its uses when completed. To minimize the damage to the field, only the youth teams will be allowed to play. This field will only be available to the school teams that will be participating in the interscholastic competition,” Nickie said.
Later he’d add, “Right now, we don’t have enough grounds on the island and there are many junior and senior teams, it’s impossible for all of them to train together. But one thing that is certain is that this field will not be used like in the past. If we cannot get another ground, football will be stagnated for sure.”
Fifa is willing to assist the local association with the development of the game, but Nickie says that without the perfect facility, the situation will remain the same.
“I think it’s time for all parties concerned to sit down and discuss where we are and where exactly we want to go,” he concluded.

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