By Cathy Elelman • 28 February 2020 • 16:08
KICK-OFF: The Diputacion President joins local youngsters trying out the new turf.
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria
SORBAS has shown off its new football-7 artificial grass pitch, which was funded by a Diputacion de Almeria investment.
The provincial government President Javier A. Garcia joined Sorbas Mayor Jose Fernandez to uncover the inaugural plaque of the newly updated facilities. Also there for the event were Public Works deputy Oscar Liria and Sports deputy Maria Luisa Cruz, along with members of Sorbas council.
The Diputacion provided €160,000 under its Sports Facilities Plan for the upgrades at the San Roque football ground. As well as replacing the pitch’s natural grass with an artificial turf surface, the upgrades included improvements to areas for spectators and players and modifications to the entrances to make them more accessible and safer.
Garcia remarked on the huge popularity of football in Sorbas and said the football ground project was a reflection of his administration’s aim to create equality of services across the province.
He also said the new pitch would mean an important saving for the local authority on maintenance and irrigation expenses.
The Diputacion launched the €2.6 million Sports Facilities plan for 64 municipalities in 2018. The administration identifies a series of objectives with the initiative. In addition to improving sports facilities across the province and making sport easily accessible, the Diputacion said it is aimed at generating employment, promoting the local economy through hiking and active tourism, addressing the issue of depopulation in inland areas, backing minority sports and promoting a healthy lifestyle and the practice of sport in families.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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