Infrastructural works underway

More details were given regarding the MFA project for the improvement and development of facilities of member clubs and member associations during the meeting of the Council of the Malta Football Association on Monday and during a press conference on Wednesday.
Funds allocated for this project amount to €4 million. The association obtained €2 million from the UEFA HatTrick 2 Programme and another €2 million thanks to a loan from Bank of Valletta.
Following the completion of works in Pembroke, Marsaxlokk and Sannat with the installation of artificial turf pitches earlier this year, works at the Marsa football ground, also consisting of an artificial turf pitch, were completed this week. Works have now started at the Rabat Ajax ground in Mtarfa, Pietà Hotspurs football ground at De La Salle, Zurrieq, Zebbug and Qrendi. 
Tenders for the installation of artificial turf pitches and floodlights were awarded to @240 Ltd and 389 Ltd.
Clubs and member associations also benefit from funds by the Good Causes Fund and/or Kunsill Malti ghall-Isport.
Another important project for the association is the National Grassroots Training Centre which will be built at the MFA Training Grounds. The project will consist of a FIFA Two-Star artificial turf pitch and a partly covered stand for 1,200 spectators together with an indoor pitch for futsal, dressing rooms, conference hall and lecture rooms for the youth national teams and women’s national teams underneath the terraces.
Dr Mifsud announced that some changes were made to the original plans and the artificial turf pitch will not be installed on one of the two main pitches of the MFA Training Grounds but behind the goals of these two pitches, that is in the central part of the training grounds.
The National Grassroots Training Centre will cost €1.2 million – €500,000 as part of the UEFA Hat-Trick Assistance Programme 2, another €500,000 from a Bank of Valletta loan and USD400,000 as part of the FIFA Goal 2007-2011 programme. 
Meanwhile refurbishment at the National Stadium continues with works on the facade close to completion. Full-height turnstiles are being installed at the West Stand C and will then be installed at the West Stand A. A steel foot-bridge between the West Stand Parking Area and the VIP Area will be built to serve as access to the VIP area – works on which are being done by Steelshape Ltd and should be completed by the end of the year. A CCTV system consisting of over sixty cameras that will also cover the West Stand Parking Area and ticket-booths is in the process of being installed. Two rooms in the VIP area, next to foyer, were converted to facilities for the media. Other works include the replacement of shutters for the North, South and West Stands and eventually the building of new hanging media boxes.
Refurbishment at the National Stadium is being funded with the sum of €447,000 under the project Win in Europe from UEFA and FIFA.