The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has set Lawson Tama redevelopment project as its major infrastructure project under the FIFA Forward 2.0 during the 2019 to 2022 cycle.
SIFF project coordinator Joseph Boso highlighted this in his presentation to the SIFF executive in a special meeting held in Honiara leading up to the New Year’s Eve.
In his presentation, Boso said under the FIFA Forward, “SIFF major infrastructure project is proposed to be a combined office complex and upgrade of Lawson Tama Stadium.”
The project is estimated to cost around USD$6.5 million dollars which is equivalent to SBD$50 million dollars.
It will be partly funded from FIFA Forward and other sources such as the national government and its partners.
“Work on costing this project is underway with four architects Kramer Ausenco, Pacific Architects, Graceland Company and South Pacific Design,” Boso revealed.
“Their designs are due on Thursday 3rd of January 2019 and SIFF Exco is required to approve the Architect Project Manager by 7th of January.”
Under the FIFA Forward 2.0, project funds of USD$ 2 million is available at any time during the 2019-2022 cycle for member associations.
However, member associations need to apply for such project funds besides the operational costs which is up to USD $1 million for each member associations.
Meanwhile, there were some resolutions passed during the SIFF executive meeting during the festive season.
- The SIFF Executive Committee agreed to cancel the facility project 2017 at SIFF academy based on the planned takeover of the proposed site for the project by the Solomon Islands Government for the purposes of a national stadium.
- The SIFF Executive, furthermore, adopts the proposal by the SIFF President for a new project to be applied for that covers the construction of a new office complex and upgrade of the Lawson Tama Stadium into a modern facility in line with FIFA requirements. This project shall be jointly funded by FIFA and other sources.
- The SIFF Executive Committee agreed to commit the rest of the 2016-2018 Forward Funding to the Office Complex/Lawson Tama Stadium that is committed to any other current project.
- The SIFF Executive Committee approved the application for the project Provincial Associations and National Leagues Strengthening which supports selected member associations with governance review and training, office infrastructure (building and furniture), sporting equipment (goals, line-markers, nets, lawnmowers etc) and the national league with governance training in relation to FIFA Club Licensing and sporting and other equipment (goal, nets, linemarkers, cones, etc).
FIFA Forward 2.0 is designed based on a review of the previous cycle and new regulations accompany the funding and other matters.
With the funding coming from FIFA, the FIFA Central Audit will be implemented every year.
SIFF was audited by Dellote last year for its use of the FIFA Forward 1.0 2016-2018 cycle which was closed last month as the new FIFA cycle opens on January 1st 2019, this is called FIFA Forward 2.0.