New VFF Freshwota Stadium groundbreaking
THE Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) marked another milestone development yesterday when it launched the groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium at Freshwota in Port Vila.
The VFF President Lambert Maltock said that it was a long process given the new procedures in FIFA, although finally approval has been granted.
He also introduced the engineering consultant Harold Qualao of Qualao Consulting for the stadium project, and formally presented an approved contract.
The Minister of Education, Jean Pierre Nirua, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, were present at the ceremony including the first Political Advisor for the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Also present were Presidents of Port Vila Football Association, Shefa Football Association, Freshwota community leaders, Freshwota School, Municipal Councillor of Port Vila, Shefa Provincial Councillors, Department of Youth and Sports officials, media personnel and friends.
Mr Nirua, who is a resident of Freshwota, acknowledged the significance of the stadium for schools in Port Vila as well as the country.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was formerly Minister of Lands and who facilitated the land lease agreement for the VFF project, remarked that he was pleased that VFF has so far honoured its commitment to the lease agreement.
He also acknowledged the cooperation between the community and the Government in the process to date.
He said he hoped the working relationship will continue.
The President of Port Vila Football Association (PVFA) said that the stadium was a welcome investment, and cited a shortage of proper facilities for football training and competitions for all age groups.
The project manager on behalf of the VFF, Mr Qualao said the survey work will start immediately, together with formal construction design for the project.
Source: Vanuatu Independent