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Playing field or a playing pool?

BVI News Online - Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 AM

One of the many waterlogged areas of the playing field

The playing field at A.O. Shirley Recreational Grounds on Tortola, from a distance, appears to be in good condition.

But the many flaws of the territory’s main sporting facility become obvious upon close inspection, and even more pronounced whenever it rains.

Several sections of the field quickly turned into pools of murky water last week – for example – while two matches were being played in the CFU Women’s Under-20 competition that included teams from overseas.

Following a mild downpour and few minutes of play, the badly waterlogged grounds were all chewed up, and the players were having a tough time trying to get the ball through the puddles from one goal-post to the next.

While BVI News Online captured photos of the muddy pools, one veteran sportsman complained that relatively huge sums were spent on the facility, but no drainage system was put in place to carry the water away from the field.

Recreational Trust responds

The BVI Recreational Trust which is responsible for the territory’s sporting facilities said it was unaware of the condition of the field and will launch an investigation.

Chairman of the Trust Roy Barry however told BVI News Online that rehabilitation works will be carried out on a number of the sporting facilities, including A.O Shirley Recreational grounds.

He said he had no idea as to when such works will start.

“Like any facility, nothing is perfect, and we are trying to get them as close to perfection as possible. So we are trying to resurface most of our recreational facilities to ensure that they are up to standard,” he said.

“The decision was made to resurface but we are trying to get the right type of soil… We are looking at all the facilities to resurface them, but we are starting with the central area and then we will move out to all the others.”

Barry declined to state how much it will cost to rehabilitate the grounds, as well as whether he thinks the works were properly done from the outset.

The A. O. Shirley Recreational Grounds was given a complete renovation roughly five years ago.

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  1. Anon
    July 23, 2013
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    This is the condition of the Enid Scatliffe/ Althea Scatliffe grounds after it rains. And you can’t blame NDP for that one cause it was the VIP government that “fixed” the grounds that way.

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  2. Advocate
    July 23, 2013
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    I believe that there are plans to repair the AO Shirley Grounds starting next month after the Emancipation Festival celebrations. It cannot be soon enough – it is a travesty that our National Stadium is in the condition that it is in, for as long as it has been. Surely we can learn from the thousands of facilities in similar weather conditions and usage patterns around the world that are kept in immaculate conditions for years?! If we do it right, it will not cost significant amounts of funds to maintain it.

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  3. July 22, 2013
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    “The BVI Recreational Trust which is responsible for the territory’s sporting facilities said it was unaware of the condition of the field and will launch an investigation”

    this ia a lie straight from dante’s Inferno.

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  4. E. Leonard
    July 22, 2013
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    The VI’s economic growth and sustainability is a function of its heavily investing its limited resources on 1) human capital, 2) physical capital (tools, equipment, facilities), 3) infrastructure, 4) leading edge innovation, creativity…etc, 5) social infrastructure, 6) environment, 7) law and order, and 8) workable public policies.

    Further, to achieve a return on this investment, it must be effectively maintained. Physical infrastructure and physical capital must be maintained to get the design life, to enhance reliability, to reduce operational costs…..etc.

    Additionally, there is a minimal cost of owning physical capital and infrastructure. Funding below this minimal cost of ownership, shortens the lifecycle, increases operational cost, causes rapid deterioration of material condition, reduces reliability and availability ….etc.

    In regards to the A.O. Shirley recreational facility, from a far, the condition appears to be poor drainage and perhaps inadequate maintenance. What is the fix?

    The fix is a structured, aggressive and proactive maintenance programme to protect and preserve the investment, ensuring that it meets its design intent. If we want to compete and be recognized internationally, we construct and maintain our facilities to expected international standards.

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  5. Pool
    July 22, 2013
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    Pool of course. Same thing with the on at Greenland….it needs leveling out, I almost broke ma bird legs on it.

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  6. dread
    July 22, 2013
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    The soil they are using to fill and kill many of marine life along the coast lines should have been put to properly shore up the playing field at A O shirley. i don’t have to name any place that this practice of filling in areas along the coast for many self satisfying motives. i think most of them are an eyesore and just contributing to further destruction of our precious natural resources.

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  7. Boom and Bust
    July 22, 2013
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    There is a process to owning facilities and infrastructure: planning, programming, budgeting, designing, construction, use, maintenance, repair, rehab/upgrade and disposal. In the universe of facility management, there is a minimum cost of ownership. To get the best use and design life out of facility, it has to be maintained effectively. If it is owned, it must be maintained.

    Moreover, public sector managers must be good stewards of resources entrusted to them. It is not good form to invite guests to our country to perform on or at us substandard facilities. This multi-purpose facility needs work to maintain it at modern and international standards.

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    • Seeker of TRUTH!!
      July 22, 2013
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      Great point. The problem is here in the BVI everybody want something. Operations, maintenance etc. are put in the hands of people through politics, friendships rather than ability. People are being paid monthly to maintain and handle certain things but the only work they do is make their way to Treasury to collect he check every month. Until this gimme culture is eliminated we’ll have issues like this. When you look at how much is spent annually on these things and then look at the upkeep, one only wonders how people with a conscience can rape their own country so, then talk bout expats?

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    • Haha
      July 22, 2013
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      NO FM in the BVI – none! Also central Gov has NOT one Asset Manager from acquistion through to disposal – they (Gov) like to be reactive vs proactive – just look at the issues with the schools!

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  8. Oooops
    July 22, 2013
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    And the Minister of Talks walking around talking, talking and talking. :lol:

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    • Good Book
      July 22, 2013
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      You can talk all u want, but the Minister of Talk has my vote put down and waiting to go in the box

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    • Whatever!!!!
      July 22, 2013
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      Everyday many senior officers from the private sector utalizes the AO Shirley grounds for Rugby, Soccer and Cricket. They are the ones that are constantly using it and not contributing towards the repairs of it. Why can’t they fulfill their obligations to contributing to the community by making substantial donations towards the repairs and enhancement of the AO Shirley grounds? Why do we think that the Government/tax-payer’s money should be used to do everything in the community?

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      • wow
        July 22, 2013
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        Unfortunately you do not have the facts. For sure the football association over the years have contributed quite a bit to the facilities in the BVI. They will never let the public know this. Just ask recreation trust who put the lights on the grounds in VG

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  9. Online Now
    July 22, 2013
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    They should spend the money on buying a synthetic surface which may cost more upfront but would have very little maintenance cost. They do not maintain the current pitch and it is dangerous to play on. There are stones, exposed heads from the watering system and pot holes. It is amazing that no one has been badly injured.

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    • pretty
      July 22, 2013
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      That’s a good idea. Pay the money now and save later

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    • wow
      July 22, 2013
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      if the drainage aint fixed there will still be issues. They must get that fixed in order to allievate the problem

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    • dupia
      July 22, 2013
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      synthetic surface is for competition purpose our weather conditions are not suited for synthetic surface.we should go in for indoor –airconditioned place like they have them in DOHA /DUBAI AND REST OF ARAB NATIONS–THEY ALSO KEEP RACE HORSES IN AIRCONDITIONED INDOOR FACILITIES. FORBES BURNHAM KEPT PIGS IN AIRCONDIONED PLACES. WECAN KEEP OUR RACE HORSES INDOORS, PLAY NEW SPORT OUR SOCCER, TENNIS WHY NOT?

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