Work set to start on Vikings facility

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Work on refurbishing the old Viking Tennis Courts located in Camp Site is slated to commence early next month.

This is according to Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) President Cordell Williams who said work could start as early as next week as a key piece of material is expected to arrive at the end of the month.

“Some work should start in terms of us getting the place cleaned up and putting the foundation for the containers. My last follow up was that we are waiting just for the lights to reach Miami and get into the container. So hopefully we are still on board to have those containers here by the end of this month so that by early September there should be some work going on,” he said.

The tennis coach revealed that most of the funds required to complete the project has been secured and that it is just a matter of proper management to ensure all is done in a timely and cost effective manner.

“We got funding to purchase all the materials required to complete the court for us to get the project up and running. We have some funding that we will now have to manage in terms of labour cost to actually get the work done. But in terms of the material for the complex, courts, lights, fence, paint, the court seal, we have purchased all that and we just have to manage what we have now in terms of labour cost to get it up and running.”

Williams had said it would take in excess of US $250,000 to complete the project.

The association, in June of this year, signed a memorandum of understanding with PDV Petro Caribe for a grant of EC $250,000 towards the refurbishing of the courts, while in April, he revealed that Mill Reef Club had guaranteed US $50,000 that will go towards the project. International Tennis Federation (ITF) also provided a grant of US $20,000 to the tennis association.

 

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