New track up and running at GC Foster

first_imgDelivered under budget and within schedule, the new track at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is expected to continue the institution’s rich heritage of sporting education. But, it was not an easy fix.One of the region’s premier sports education institution was yesterday presented with a newly constructed $170 million IAAF Level Two certified synthetic running track, two years after it was closed for safety concerns.And as the who’s who of the island’s sporting administration turned out yesterday afternoon at the Angels, St Catherine-based institution to get a close-up view of the eight-lane facility – which was entirely funded by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and laid by German company BSW Regupol – the German company’s point man on the project wore one of the brightest smiles.Decades of useExport Director Peter Breuer shared that the project was a rather difficult one, but noted that the new surface can serve the institution for more than 30 years if properly maintained.Breuer, who first saw a badly deteriorated G.C. Foster College track in 2007 during a site visit, explained that the original track, which was laid in 1998 by the MONDO system, was built on unstable soil and was uneven at several spots.”I’m very happy with it; it came out beautifully,” he beamed. “We had to overcome a lot of problems with the ground, but everything is perfect. We were four weeks ahead of time, within the budget, and everybody is happy.”He added: “The soil was very unstable, particularly along the back straight. The track had deformed up to one metre in spots, so it was like sitting on chewing gum. That ground is still under here, so we had to ensure that the new track is stable and will not deform, and it will not deform because we have put a lot of measures in place.”Breuer noted that he expects a 30-year lifespan if properly maintained. BSW Regupol also built the current tracks at the National Stadium and the University of the West Indies.Driving sportMinister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, who was speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, said: “This institution has become a national catalyst for great things in sport.”The achievement of this college goes way beyond merely handing out degrees and diplomas in physical education and coaching. It has been the main driving force behind a new culture of sport in Jamaica.”This culture has emphasised the importance of study, preparation, practice and training, and the immense value of well informed motivation and a highly educated cadre of coaches across all sporting disciplines,” added Neita-Headley.Simpson Miller is recovering from laryngitis.Meanwhile, Principal Dr Joyce Graham Royal, who spoke to the college’s expanded offerings and plans going forward, was clearly thrilled.”With the provision of this new track we can continue to move full speed ahead with the honing of the many athletes that we have in the G.C. Foster family,” she said.last_img read more

Man Utd star Pogba admits: I’m an Arsenal fan

first_imgPaul Pogba Man Utd star Pogba admits: I’m an Arsenal fan Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:54 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Arsenal v Manchester United Premier League Arsenal The Frenchman came through the academy system at Old Trafford and returned as an £89 million signing, but was a supporter of the Gunners growing up Paul Pogba may be very much a Manchester United player, but the Frenchman admits to being a fan of Arsenal.The 24-year-old was given his big break by the Red Devils after emerging out of their academy system.Those at Old Trafford thought so much of him that having seen him depart for Juventus, they spent £89 million bringing him back in the summer of 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pogba is now striving to deliver further success at the Theatre of Dreams, but he concedes that he was a supporter of United’s fierce foes in north London growing up.“In France, they were very big – they had a lot of French players,” Pogba told Football Focus ahead of a meeting between United and the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.“I was a big fan of Arsenal, Thierry Henry, I was watching him.Paul Pogba Arsenal Thierry Henry fan“I was a little fan, not a crazy fan, but I was watching a lot of Arsenal games.“They have always been a great club.”Pogba has made a welcome return to the United ranks over recent weeks after being forced to sit out 12 games with a hamstring problem.Jose Mourinho is delighted to have him back, but has admitted to facing a “dilemma” when it comes to getting the midfielder back up to speed.Pogba is still working on his match sharpness, but revealed earlier this week that he does not enjoy the defensive side of training as the Red Devils ready themselves for competitive action.He told reporters: “My favourite part is the game at the end of the session.“The worst is the same for everyone I think – the tactics.“Defensive tactics because you just have to drill, you don’t have the ball. I always learned playing with my friends.”Pogba and Co will need to get their tactics right at the Emirates on Saturday, as United cannot afford any slip-ups in a Premier League title race which continues to see them trying to chase down arch-rivals Manchester City.last_img read more

Guardiola available to Stones ’24 hours a day’

first_imgWorld Cup Guardiola available ’24 hours a day’ during World Cup for Stones Matt Dorman 17:49 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola John Stones Manchester City Getty Images World Cup England Tunisia v England Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Having taken his game to “another level” under the Catalan coach, the Manchester City defender will be seeking advice from his club boss this summer England defender John Stones will have a direct line to Pep Guardiola during the World Cup as he aims to make up for a “difficult” Euro 2016.Now an integral member of Gareth Southgate’s back three, Stones is set for his first minutes at a major tournament after going unused by Roy Hodgson two years ago.The then-Everton player watched from the bench as England scraped through the group stage in France before crashing out to Iceland in a deflating last-16 defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He has since blossomed into a Premier League winner under Guardiola at Manchester City and the 24-year-old will look to his club boss for guidance in Russia.”I will definitely speak to him in the tournament. He’s very open,” Stones told reporters.”He said we can call him or text him whenever we need to, 24 hours a day.”He’s always said that which is brilliant of him as a person in my opinion. Even if it’s not football-related. That’s important.”Stones has played under Guardiola for the past two seasons and attributes his greater importance for England to the Catalan’s influence.”Mostly Pep! Definitely Pep, the players I’m playing with at club level, and obviously becoming more mature, knowing myself and knowing the game better,” he said.”I think the thing for me is how he has made everything so simple. He has taken my footballing brain to another level.”Everyone thinks they know football and different systems but when I turned up at City and trained with him it was like a new door opening that I never thought would be there.”last_img read more