Cayman’s athletes and schoolchildren are expected to soon be fitted out with world-class sporting facilities, an International Amateur Athletic Federation certified track and two FIFA-certified football fields.
This is because the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) in July, awarded Wilson Equipment and Land Development a $2.5 million contract to install artificial football fields at Ed Bush Sports Centre and TE McField playfield to a standard certified by the world governing body for football. The work began last month and is expected to be completed in three months.
In addition to the football fields, the CTC approved a bid by Island Paving to resurface the track at Truman Bodden Sports Centre for $1.2 million. This work is also underway, and is to be completed by October.
The Ed Bush and T.E. McField playing fields will be equipped with the highest rated FIFA certified artificial turf, called ‘FIFA Two Star’, which will allow any level of international games to be played on it.
The FIFA Under-20 world cup was played on Two Star rated artificial turf in Canada in July.
The Track at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex will be reconstructed to meet IAAF Class Two certification.
The invitations to tender for the track and the artificial turf fields were issued by the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture, and examined by the CTC in accordance with that committee’s rules.
Owing to the strict criteria to be met in receiving both the IAAF and FIFA certification for the fields and the track for athletics both locals companies, Island Paving and Wilson Equipment have teamed up with internationally renowned sports facilities company, Mondo.
Mondo is one of the leading firms in the world in the research and development of artificial turf and was the official track supplier for the last eight Olympic Games, and is currently laying down tracks for the next Olympics in Beijing.
By achieving international certification for the track from the IAAF, racing times that are properly clocked and other athletic efforts measured will be recognised internationally. It will also allow the Cayman Islands to host regional and grand prix meets.