SAFA to build R100m technical centre

By Drum Digital
13 November 2014

Work would begin on a R100 million national technical centre, in part funded by the 2010 World Cup Legacy Trust, says SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan.

Work would begin on a R100 million national technical centre, in part funded by the 2010 World Cup Legacy Trust, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan said on Thursday. "The trust agreed we must have a national technical centre for Safa with R100 million allocated to the project," Jordaan said in Pretoria. He did not disclose where exactly the centre would be built, but did confirm it would be in Gauteng.

"It must be an icon centre of the 2010 World Cup and it will be unveiled next year."

Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said the centre would aid significantly in the development of football in South Africa.

"We move to a new level with this trust," Valcke said.

"We are pleased the way Safa and different NGOs have benefited from the trust. Their work on the development of football shows they have used the funds well.

"This was a very important decision made today."

The 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust was established, together with Safa, after the showpiece event South Africa hosted four years ago. The aim was to aid grassroots development in the country.

A total of R450 million had been invested in the trust since the 2010 event, of which R82 million rand had been disbursed so far for a variety of development projects.

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