Pro League gets new home at Ato Boldon Stadium

Photo: Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.

The Trinidad and Tobago Pro League (TTPL) will -- from June – conduct its operations at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, which is now hailed as the headquarters of Trinidad and Tobago football.

Through the initiative of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), who will also move its offices to the Couva location, and the support of the Ministry of Sport and Sport Company (SporTT), the governing body for football in T&T, the Pro League, the Super League, and Women’s League Football (WoLF) will now be housed at one location.

It was announced earlier this year, during a visit by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, that a National Training Centre will be built at the Couva venue, and now, the relocation of the TTFA headquarters -- which operated at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain for the past four years -- to the Ato Boldon Stadium is said to be another step in that process.

The move is expected to streamline operations while facilitating engagements with key stakeholders, including other FIFA member associations, regional and local member associations, the Government, partners, players, officials and fans.

“We are thankful to the Ministry of Sport and Sport Company for fulfilling their promise to support football by providing us with the facility,” said TTFA president David John-Williams.

“I think it is a tremendous accomplishment to have the key stakeholders in local football under one roof. It augers well for the development of the game here in Trinidad and Tobago and it is an indication of the administration’s drive and ambitions to take the game to greater heights… and with the inclusion of the stakeholders.”

Dexter Skeene, CEO of the Pro League which rented office space in St. Augustine, believes the move will boost overall development of football in Trinidad and Tobago.

“I would like to thank the TTFA and its President for opening their arms to the League and for his vision in bringing the major stakeholders in local football together under one roof. I think this will go a long way in improving the local game,” said Skeene.

Interim president of the Super League, Keith Look Loy, also applauded the initiative by the TTFA.

“The TT Super League is pleased to have finally received recognition from the TTFA,” he said. “TTSL now has a permanent home from which to operate and to develop the League, and we thank the TTFA for having facilitated this.”

WoLF president Sharon O’Brien believes the move will have a positive effect in the development of the women’s league, “particularly from an administrative standpoint.”