GFF President unveils FIFA-approved design for National Training Centre

President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde on Thursday unveiled the final design for the federation’s National Training Centre in Providence, East Bank Demerara.

The architectural firm SRKN presented the blueprint for the multi-million-dollar facility to the media on November 2.

The reveal ceremony was also attended by GFF First-Vice President Brigadier General (Ret) Bruce Lovel, representatives of the federation’s Regional Associations and Triston Gomes of SRKN architectural company amongst others.

President Forde noted that the long-cherished vision of establishing a cutting-edge football facility in Guyana is coming to fruition thanks to the unwavering commitment of all our valued partners, including FIFA and Concacaf.

“The construction of the Guyana Football Federation first official Home of Football represents the fulfilment of a commitment we made to the Members of the GFF back in 2015. After an extensive and comprehensive design and engineering undertaking, we now have a well thought out facility, accepted and approved by FIFA. We will now enter a new phase of intensive construction activities to complete this project over the next three years. This is a watershed moment for the entire football fraternity.”

GFF President Wayne Forde (left) and Triston Gomes of SRKN architectural company (Photo: GFF)

He said that already national and youth teams are using the NTC for training sessions and competitions, adding that the overarching goal is to eventually host international matches that will allow fans to witness the talent of our national teams.

“The GFF and our football family are already benefiting from this groundbreaking infrastructure project. Our boys and girls are enjoying weekly Academy Training Centre (ATC) programmes along with grassroots football and national team training and preparation.”

The fully operational international standard stadium, encompassing top-notch football pitch, modern office spaces, accommodation, state-of-the-art media facilities and fan stands, will be completed in three years.

In early October, President Forde and Second Vice-President Rawlston Adams conducted an on-site assessment of the FIFA-approved floodlight installation project at the NTC.

The lighting contract was awarded to Musco Sport Lighting, a United States-based company, which has enlisted the services of Cummings Electrical, a local partner, for specific aspects of the project. The floodlights are expected to be fully operational by early December.

The GFF remains steadfast in its commitment to raising the bar of football in Guyana through extensive training programmes and the construction of cutting-edge facilities for hosting both local and international matches. (GFF Press Release)