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FFS Futsal Courts offically opened

OFC President and FIFA Vice-President David Chung were part of the ceremony. Minister of Natural Resources and Enviroment Tofa Honourable Faamoetauloa Ulaitino Faale Tumaalii delievered the keynote address on behalf of the government.
The plaque was unveiled by Mr Chung and the Minister of Natural Resources.
The new court has been funded through the FIFA Development Office as a “FIFA Goal IV Project” and becomes the first Goal Project to incorporate two structures in one with the Savi’i Regional Technical Centre, which will be inaugurated on Saturday, 24 August, also being completed under the FIFA Goal IV Project.
The court is the fourth FIFA-funded project to be implemented in Samoa with the FFS field, headquarters and flood lights being the first three GOAL projects.
The construction phase was completed by Qing-Dao Construction and the surface of the playing court was supplied and installed by Connor Sport International, a company based in the United States of America.
This is a revolutionary surface and the first of its kind in any Pacific Island country.
Today’s ceremony also marks the final day of the OFC Futsal Coaching Course which started on Wednesday, 21st August 2013, facilitated by OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer Paul Toohey.
The course aims to prepare and introduce registered club coaches to the five-a-side game and give them the skills and knowledge to coach the game in Samoa. Certificates will be given out to all participants that attended the educational course who will then play a demonstration game, becoming the first people to officially play on the new futsal court.
FFS plans to launch a futsal league for the registered clubs and a business house futsal league for local businesses, government ministries and other organizations.
The FFS Centre of Development teams will also be using the court as part of their training sessions.