The National – Wednesday, February 9, 2011
FIFA development officer for Oceania region, Glenn Turner, spent time in Papua New Guinea this month to oversee the progress of a number of FIFA goal projects.
He made his first trip to Kimbe, West New Britain, and received an update on the status of the regional technical centre for the New Guinea Islands region.
Despite a delay in the construction of the centre, work is now progressing well with the erection of the buildings, which include an administration office, storage areas, changing rooms and toilet facilities. Security fencing around the complex is also taking shape.
The establishment of the technical centre in Kimbe is seen as a major boost for the people in the region, as well as providing a tool to tackle social issues such as unemployment.
The centre, expected to be completed in April, is under the supervision of PNG Football Association junior vice-president Kurt Reimann.
After visiting Kimbe, Turner returned to Port Moresby to carry out work on another FIFA goal project, a technical centre at the Sir John Guise Stadium complex.
Turner is working closely with the PNG Sports Foundation to finalise the lease and contract to construct the facility, which is set to include two international-sized football fields.
The project is a landmark for the PNGFA after it had taken years of finding land suitable for the vision of establishing a new football centre.
The goal projects are initiatives of FIFA to help national associations around the world improve their facilities.