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City scores a goal in Atlantis with water-wise soccer field<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:462px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span><p>The new facility in Atlantis boasts a FIFA 1-Star full-sized soccer turf with a drainage system (a requirement according to FIFA specifications). The total cost of the synthetic soccer field was just over R8,5 million. This facility will allow budding soccer enthusiasts to practise their skills and will afford young people the opportunity to become future soccer stars. Additionally, the soccer fraternity will be able to hone their ball skills.</p><p>Not only does the City facility provide a healthy alternative where children can play soccer in a safe environment, but it also adds to the aesthetic beauty of the community.  </p><p>Atlantis has a vibrant soccer fraternity, with nine soccer clubs, 13 teams representing industry, and school teams that use the facility for training and competitions. </p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:466px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p>‘Sport is a catalyst for fostering community cohesion and we would like to see schools and community organisations as well as registered sporting bodies using this soccer pitch. A synthetic soccer pitch doesn’t need to be rested like a grass field. It can cope with many more hours of play. The only limitation for this field is how tired the soccer players get. </p><p>‘Soccer is a game that anyone can have fun playing. This is why it is loved by so many and why it is so popular in Cape Town. If we want to see more people leading healthy and active lifestyles, we need to support the sports and activities that people want to be involved in,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.</p><p>The completion of the pitch in Atlantis brings the total number of synthetic soccer pitches in the city that the Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has installed to 28 – 18 of which are full-sized and 10 of which are five-a-side. Collectively, the facilities were developed at a total cost of more than R100 million.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:338px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>To extend the usage of these facilities, the City has installed floodlights at Imizamo Yethu, Solo Street, Heideveld, Ocean View, Kewtown, and Brown’s Farm at a cost of  R10 million. The soccer pitch in Atlantis also boasts floodlights which will allow the community to make use of this facility until late at night.<br> <br>Artificial pitches are more affordable to maintain as they are a low-maintenance and water-wise alternative. Saving water should become a way of life and this ward project demonstrates the City’s commitment to providing recreational facilities where they are most needed. This innovative alternative further demonstrates the City’s commitment to minimising water usage at sporting facilities. Natural grass pitches also face the challenge of getting worn out due to continual use, even more so during summer months. </p><p>According to the local ward councillor for Ward 32, Councillor Barbara Rass, this community asset is a dream come true and the facility will be put to good use. The completion of the pitch, among other upgrades, is the biggest project in the ward for the past year.</p><p>The 17 full-sized pitches have been placed in Hout Bay, Lwandle, Site C Sports Complex, Manenberg, Blue Downs, Nomzamo, Imizamo Yethu, Westridge, Nyanga, Scottsdene, Gugulethu, Langa, Valhalla Park Recreation Hub, Kewtown, Steenberg, Heideveld and Crossroads.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p></span>2016-12-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3d7af3d9-5c08-40fa-bb28-3662c729301b;L0|#03d7af3d9-5c08-40fa-bb28-3662c729301b|Synthetic soccer field;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#af13a260-b06d-419a-84b4-c48b72ae285a;L0|#0af13a260-b06d-419a-84b4-c48b72ae285a|Atlantis;GP0|#56854ec6-0105-4121-8516-4d6ab139d7ef;L0|#056854ec6-0105-4121-8516-4d6ab139d7ef|Artificial pitches1

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