Don Bosco's sporting infrastructure has been enhanced through the laying out of the city's first blue multi-sport artificial turf which can be used for football and hockey, two sports which the Matunga school has earned a reputation in.
The artificial turf being laid out at Don Bosco, Matunga. Pic/Suresh KK
The new Rs 45-lakh turf (45m x 27m) that can only be used for seven-a-side games, will be functional by next week.
"The basic aim was to provide kids with a training facility throughout the year. We need money to maintain it, so we are open to hosting seven-a-side hockey or football tournaments.
Our long-term plan is to have a full-fledged astroturf football ground," Don Bosco's principal Fr Bosco D'Mello told mid-day yesterday.
The turf may be used by local team Kenkre Football Club, whose director Joshua Lewis lauded the school's move to upgrade its infrastructure.
"Don Bosco has been the trendsetter. By laying the blue turf, they have set an example for other schools to follow.
It's high time sports infrastructure is upgraded. At international level, India's performance in hockey dipped after the introduction of the artificial turf," said Lewis.
Accuracy and speed
Walter Pereira, chairman of the referees board of Maharashtra praised the Matunga school too.
"The artificial surface will help kids play skillful football/hockey. It is very difficult for a player to graduate from playing on grass to artificial turf.
With the ground being flat, the ball will come on nicely and the kids can generate more accuracy and speed. Don Bosco has produced numerous state and national level players."