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June 19, 2009
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PEI's First Indoor Soccer Complex Kicks Off Official Opening

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

Island soccer players now can hone their skills in any weather conditions as the province’s first indoor soccer facility has officially opened in Stratford.

Thanks to investments from the Government of Canada, the Province of Prince Edward Island, the Town of Stratford and the PEI Soccer Association, the new 46,500 square foot regional complex now provides an ideal location for competitions and high-performance training for players, coaches and referees.

“Our government is committed to working with our provincial and community partners to build the necessary infrastructure for Islanders and encourage participation in sport,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “This project will create the potential for sports governing bodies to spur growth in soccer while also producing economic benefits through the hosting of regional events.”

The nearly $4 million facility, which is conveniently located adjacent to four existing outdoor soccer fields, is a clear span, self-supporting insulated steel structure, providing an obstruction-free interior and featuring an artificial turf playing surface.

Soccer has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years on Prince Edward Island. Demand for access to the complex is expected be high as there are currently 6,000 soccer players on PEI, and that number is expected to continue growing in the next few years.

“This new PEI Regional Indoor Soccer Facility is an investment in the health and well being of Islanders and will serve residents of our One Island Community for many years to come,” said Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. “I am sure many Prince Edward Island soccer players are anxious to play on this beautiful artificial turf surface.”

“Everyone involved in the sport of soccer on PEI is going to be impressed with this facility,” said Gerald MacDonald, PEI Soccer Association President. “As a result of the tremendous cooperation among all levels of government and the support of our Island soccer players, it is now a reality and will serve players across the Island well into the future.”

The Government of Canada, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the PEI Soccer Association each contributed $1,328,600 to the project.

“We are very pleased and excited to have the new indoor soccer facility located in the Town of Stratford, where the largest soccer club in P.E.I. is located," stated Mayor Kevin Jenkins “The Town of Stratford contributed the land, $150,000 and tax relief for five years to the facility to support our local soccer community and to generate economic activity in the Town.”

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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