Mr. Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, Borough Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and member of Ville de Montréal’s Executive Committee responsible for procurement, sports and recreation and communities of various origins, made a symbolic ball kick-off this last Friday to mark the end of construction work on a brand new synthetic soccer field at the George Springate Sports Complex. On this occasion, he was joined by Pierrefonds Soccer President Oscar Tellechea and Ralph Nahas, President of Kids playing for Kids, players and representatives of the associations.
This synthetic soccer field was built thanks to a partnership agreement signed with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, owner of the land on which stands the George Springate Sports Centre, located behind Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School on boulevard de Pierrefonds.
Nearly 2,000 young people play soccer in the borough every year. These players and all the local soccer associations will have the opportunity to play their favorite sport on this new surface starting next summer. And, since the maintenance of a synthetic field is not subject to the weather, it will now be possible to start the soccer season earlier in the spring and finish it later in the fall. This represents at least a two-month extension of soccer activities that will benefit Pierrefonds-Roxboro youth.
“Soccer is a sport discipline that is gaining in popularity year after year. It is a sport that helps develop many athletic abilities for young players, but that also teaches them a number of personal skills such as team spirit, self-confidence, and pride in being part of a team. These are values that will follow our young people throughout their lives. I am particularly proud that we are offering this new field to Pierrefonds-Roxboro young athletes and I hope that more and more of them will enjoy it. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Lester B. Pearson School Board Management and Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School Administration without whom this project would not have been possible.”, said Mr. Beis.
The borough has invested close to $3 million in this field, which is designed to host major events on its territory. A first synthetic field was constructed in 2009 at Grier Park in the west end of the borough. The latter is widely used by soccer fans, who will undoubtedly be delighted to discover the new field at the George Springate Sports Complex.