FAIRVIEW: Sports complex open soon

2016-09-21 06:00
The indoor facility is under construction. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

The indoor facility is under construction. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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RESIDENTS in and around the rapidly expanding Fairview area can soon enjoy the full services of the Fairview Multi-Sports Complex in Willow Road, which is nearing completion.

The complex, which will include facilities for outdoor sports such as hockey, soccer, rugby, cricket, baseball, softball and various indoor sports, will also have office space and conference facilities and will be able to host corporate and social functions.

This multimillion-rand project was driven by the Port Elizabeth Land Restitution and Housing Association (PELRHA) as part of its vision to establish a neighbourhood for families returning to Fairview to thrive in.

The Fairview Sports Trust will manage and eventually own the facilities.

According to Clive Felix of Pelrha, the expected date of completion of the buildings is around mid-November.

A special feature of this state-of-the-art complex will be a memory wall, “to record some of the forced removals and the restitution process and its struggles,” Felix said.

“The centre will over the course of time, and depending on funding availability, develop other facilities such as tennis courts and netball courts.

“The ultimate goal is to have a multi-sports facility.

“Going forward, the biggest challenge will be the long-term sustainability of the facility versus affordability for the users.

“Facilities like these have substantial operating costs and we are going to need the municipality and sponsors to come to the party to make the centre affordable to all in the city,” Felix said.

Fairview Action Arena

Meanwhile, the Fairview Action Arena, which forms part of the complex, is already up and running and officially opened its doors to five-a-side soccer players recently.

This area, which is a short distance from the main hub of the complex, has a synthetic surface similar to Astroturf, and is enclosed by perimeter boards and netting.

“We are looking to promote the five-a-side form of the game with a social atmosphere to the general public and look to expand by offering youth and community development initiatives and giving ladies’ football more exposure, allowing various demographics an equal opportunity to participate in football,” explained Matthew Potgieter, sports director/coordinator of the Fairview Action Arena.

“The five-a-side leagues have been running since October 2013 at the Italian Club and have grown from strength to strength.

“We have now moved premises to the Fairview Action Arena onto a suitable surface.

“We are now looking at options to offer the smaller form of the game to our less-privileged community.

“The Fairview Action Arena caters for all market segments, with the aim of providing the five-a-side form of the game to any age, race and gender group as it is social, fun, technically rewarding and beneficial to all,” Potgieter said.

For more information about five-a-side soccer at the Fairview Action Arena, contact Matthew Potgieter on 083 397 2433 or on e-mail: matthew@fairviewfivespe.co.za

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