27 November 2023, Balmain, Couva:

Athletes, clubs and other sporting enthusiasts may be able to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces at the Northeastern Multipurpose Sport Facility as early as May 2024. The timeline was confirmed by officials of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT), managing upgrade works to the facility, during a site visit on Thursday 16th November.

Member of Parliament for Toco/Sangre Grande, the Honourable Roger Monroe, was among the representatives to tour the Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande facility. Head of Projects Execution at SporTT, Leon Le Gendre, said the ongoing works include repairing the structural integrity of the concrete base of the indoor courts, which will then be re-laid using high-quality hardwood flooring. The pouring of the concrete subfloor was completed earlier this week.

Leon Le Gendre explains the ongoing works on the flooring to MP Monroe.

The facility was first opened in 2016, with basketball and netball courts and accommodation for 1,500 spectators. According to the Sangre Grande MP, the facility is a much-needed space for his constituents, who are anxious for its reopening. “I am happy to see the ongoing work and as the representative for the area, I am strongly lobbying for the inclusion of court markings for badminton and volleyball, as well as lighting on the pristine outdoor pitch, which can be used for football,” MP Monroe said.

Councillor for Sangre Grande Northeast, David Guy, also joined the tour. He said he is excited about the progress at the venue. Mr. Guy is hoping to see table tennis and martial arts in action once the facility is completed.

Hon. Roger Monroe explains the expected use of the facility to SporTT Head of Projects Execution Leon Le Gendre.

Also addressing the upgrade work, Minister of Sport and Community Development, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe-Lewis, said, “We are pleased to announce the highly anticipated reopening of the Northeastern Multipurpose Sport Facility. The refurbishment works undertaken by SporTT exemplify the Government’s ongoing commitment to providing top-quality sporting infrastructure throughout Trinidad and Tobago. This refurbished facility is designed not only to meet the needs of athletes and sports enthusiasts but will also make a substantial contribution to the holistic development of Sangre Grande and its environs.”

SporTT reiterates its commitment alongside its line Ministry, the Ministry of Sport and Community Development, and other stakeholders and partners to the construction, upgrade, and management of the highest quality sporting facilities in the country, fulfilling its mission to develop sport through service and leadership.