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Berger Field to be Transformed as a Football Stadium #553261
10/12/21 04:58 AM
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News Five has confirmed that the Berger Field will be transformed into a football stadium. Years ago, there were plans to retrofit and uplift this open space located on Vernon Street, but it never happened. Today, we can tell you that the F.F.B., with support from various ministries under the Briceño Administration, will see the field adopted and a stadium built. F.F.B. Executive Member Marlon Kuylen let the cat out of the bag during a zoom interview with News Five this afternoon.

Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, F.F.B.

“We had an onsite visit about two months ago to one of the main areas that really need the help and can impact – I think there’s like probably about eight schools in a one mile radius of that vicinity. We had a meeting last week Friday with one of the ministries involved and this Friday we should conclude and then we should make it public one of the locations that we will be renovating and it will be synthetic so you could use it all day, every day and it will be very nice. So that is one of the areas that we will be proudly making public soon. For FIFA to spend money on a property, they would want us to get a twenty to twenty-five-year lease because you don’t want to go and spend a million dollars on a property and next thing you know you have ownership issues. And so we looked at the Raccoon Street Football pitch but that property – it would take a long time for us to get the rights to that so we had to abandon those plans.”

Duane Moody

“Tentatively, where are we thinking?”

Marlon Kuylen

“We are thinking Berger Field. Whatever project we take on, it will be with fence, synthetic, seating area, bathroom facilities, an office and lighting so that we could get full use of the area.”

Channel 5


Re: Berger Field to be Transformed as a Football Stadium [Re: Marty] #553712
11/02/21 04:33 AM
11/02/21 04:33 AM
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Berger Field, Can It Still Be Saved?

Our opportunity to speak with Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler happened today at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between him as Area Representative of Pickstock, the Ministry of Sports, and the Football Federation of Belize.

All 3 parties have agreed that they will collaborate on a major facelift for the Berger Field in Belize City.

Now, it's not the first time that politicians have promised to upgrade this football field, but today, representatives of the 3 collaborators said that they are serious about getting it done. Here's how they put it at today's signing ceremony:

Marvin Ottley - Deputy Director, NSC/Youth Coach
"I and a few others have spent all our lives in that field. Just a few years ago, we did some improvement on the field, and Councillor Mike Novelo was a part of our youth program, the Raptors Youth Football program. We have seen that program move from 20 kids through a scouting and association project, to 130 kids in 2 months. That's what Berger Field is to that community. So, this initiative certainly will mean a lot to the children in that community."

Hon. Anthony Mahler - PUP Area Rep., Pickstock
"It is going to be a synthetic pitch."

Sergio Chuc - President, Football Federation of Belize
"We're actually looking at three five-a-side pitches within that field because the size of the pitch would not meet the international standards if we wanted to build a full 11 pitch. It wouldn't meet international standards, so we believe that we could get a lot more from the kids because we're focusing mostly on the youths right now by having three 5-a-side pitches."

Hon. Anthony Mahler
"For years, we've heard about the greatness of the players who have come out of the Berger Field area, but for far too long, this significant - in terms of producing football players, and athletes in the City, this field has been neglected."

"The 3 parties here are working in tandem to ensure that this project is completed. It's not lip service. In fact just before you guys came into the room, we had a very intense discussion on the social ills that are affecting us: poverty, crime, the frustration of COVID, and young people, and all of us, not living the lives that we want to live, going out, enjoying the open air, exercising how we want, engaging in competitive sports. All of this has been wiped away for the last 2 years, and so, I think this is timely. 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."

Hon. Kevin Bernard - Minister of Youth, Sports & E-Governance
"As we approach and try to address the many issues that we are facing here in Belize City, especially in the Southside of the City, reviving Berger Field, while we open up back sport to its full potential, we need to create those spaces, where our young people, our athletes can engage on a daily basis. We're trying to encourage positivity among our Belizeans, and especially in the Southside of Belize. So, this MOU signing today shows the level of partnership that can be built."

These representatives say that the money has been set aside. The last time that an upgrade was promised for Berger Field was back in 2012, under Herman Longsworth a Former Minister of Sports.

Channel 7


Berger Field Football Pitch to be Transform into Synthetic Football Field

The Berger Field football pitch will be transformed into Belize City's first synthetic football pitch. The transformation will be undertaken through a memorandum of understanding signed between the Ministry of Youth, the Football Federation of Belize and the Area Representative for the Pick-stock division. The MOU was inked this morning to establish the first phase of the project. Minister of Youth, Kevin Bernard and President of the FFB, Sergio Chuc spoke about the project earlier today.


MOU SIGNED FOR THE UPGRADING OF BERGER FIELD TO FIFA STANDARDS

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the upgrading of the Berger Field to FIFA standards, including the construction of a synthetic football field and three Five by Side fields, was signed this morning at the Marion Jones Conference Room in Belize City. Located in Southside Belize City, Berger Field has been the training grounds for many outstanding athletes, such as Deon McCaulay, who have been excellent sports ambassadors for Belize, both locally and internationally. The MOU was signed by Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations and Area Representative for Pickstock, Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance, Mr. Sergio Chuc, President of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and Mr. Earl Jones, General Secretary of FFB.


Re: Berger Field to be Transformed as a Football Stadium [Re: Marty] #556394
03/29/22 06:20 AM
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The Berger Field Development Project was launched today in Belize City. The project, spearheaded by the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, is a joint effort that includes funding from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Sports Council) and the Football Federation of Belize (FFB). The project will see the upgrading and renovation of the field to FIFA standards. It will also serve to encourage the positive involvement of the wider community, the participation of youths in sporting activities, and foster the development of local sporting talent.

The welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Josue Carballo (Director of Industry Development, BTB) and official remarks were delivered by Hon. Anthony Mahler (Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations), Hon. Rodwell Ferguson (Minister of Youth, Sports, and Transport), His Worship, Mayor Bernard Wagner, Hon. Gilroy Usher Sr. (Minister of State for the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, and Logistics), and Mr. Sergio Chuc (President of the Football Federation of Belize).

Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Berger Field Development Project in Belize City.




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by Hector Silva

BERGER FIELD between Prisoner Creek and near Magazine Depot.

In 1966, Minister of Housing, the Honorable Madame Gwendolyn Lizarraga made Plans to build low cost houses around the Prisoner Creek Area. So, she approached my Ministry of Public Works to reclaim some land nearby for this project.

With the assistance of the Hon. Sandy Hunter, Minister of Natural Resources, a Surveyed Plan was made which would include a kidney shaped Lake, so as to rename the Area as, "LAKE INDEPENDENCE."

There was an open space nearby, so the extra material was dumped there. The management of the budding BERGER Football Team, asked permission to practice foot ball on this empty space.

Somehow, it was named Berger Field. (I think that Angus Vernon would know this story better. The agent of the Berger Paint then was, Mr. Salvador W. Habet Sr, of Regent Street West. RIP.)

(I am happy to hear, that it will now be made a Formal Stadium.)

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The Berger Field Development Project, a joint effort of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Transport, Area Representative for Pickstock Hon. Anthony Mahler, and the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), was launched on March 28, 2022. The field will be rehabilitated to meet FIFA standards, but more importantly, it will provide an improved space to foster youth development in sports and build community involvement.



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