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Berger Field promised an upgrade, again

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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2021. 9:28 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Back in 2012, under the previous administration, Belizeans were told of grand plans for Berger Field, the football field at the corner of Vernon and Sarstoon Street, which has been the training ground for some of the greatest football players coming out of Belize. However, despite, a booming press event complete with ceremonial digging using shovels decorated with elaborate red ribbons, the field never saw any progress.

This week, the current administration is taking on the challenge, and working with partners in sports, it signed a memorandum of understanding geared towards ensuring that the field is upgraded to benefit Belize’s youth athletes. Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations and Area Representative for the Pickstock Division Anthony Mahler; Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, Kevin Bernard; and the President of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), Sergio Chuc signed the MOU on Monday, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex conference room.

Chuc explained that the plan for the field is to have three five-a-side pitches within that field, as the pitch would not meet the international standards if they tried to build a full 11 pitch.

Mahler did not shy away from the fact that an upgrade had been promised for the field before but stressed that things are different this time around.

“This project has – as the MC has rightfully said – Berger Field said to be – it is going to be rehabilitated on several occasions, and it is still in the same deplorable state that it has been for many, many years. But this time, it is truly – we have the monies allocated, and we will begin the work in short,” Mahler said.

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