New AstroTurf in the works

The Barbados Hockey Federation (BHF) will soon have a spanking new AstroTurf at its Wildey, St Michael facility.

This assurance was given by Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley today, who revealed that the project would begin shortly.

Speaking in Parliament during debate on a resolution to grant 25,000 square feet of land on a 25-year lease to the Rotary of Barbados South for construction of a facility for children with disabilities, he said a “syndicated funding arrangement, including contributions from the National Sports Council (NSC)”, had paved the way for the installation of a new surface.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley

“We are now at the stage of having that turf and it will be done very shortly,” Lashley added.

He disclosed that with added financial support from the Barbados Olympic Association as well as the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO), the funding was now in place.

The AstroTurf has not been used since 2010, and has forced the BHF to host most of its tournaments, including the Barbados Hockey Festival, on grass surfaces.

While not giving a timeframe for when the old surface would be replaced, Lashley said they would be changing the old water-based AstroTurf and installing a sand-based one instead.

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