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The new $3 million Oasis sports and entertainment facility under construction in Kendal Hill, Christ Church. (Photo by Jonteau Coppin)

The Oasis Sports Club is currently undertaking a $3 million renovation of sports and entertainment facilities at Kendal Hill, Christ Church.

Oasis Sports Club general manager Rohan Ford said part of the renovation will include expanding the 12,000-square-foot rubber-surfaced, LED-lit multipurpose field to 20,000 square feet and a roof. 25 feet with solar panels from Goldfield Solar.

The playing area will be 125ft x 140ft, covered with artificial turf from Edel Grass, a turf supplier from the Netherlands.

Ford explained that the decision to upgrade the facilities was to provide a better experience for players.

“When we started it was mainly on grass and we played in the afternoon. After the first eight months we installed lights and a bathroom so we could play at night, but the grass was difficult to play because she was dead, so we initially opted for a rubberized surface, and now we are moving to a covered roof with an artificial turf This allows for a top quality football as well as a cover in case of rain or even during the day with the sun.

This project was supposed to start much earlier, but the COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed everything.

“The pandemic has been a huge setback. This project actually launched at the start of 2020 and it wasn’t really revamped until the start of this year, so you can say we’ve been off by two years.

“It also puts a lot of pressure on revenue, but it just shows the validity of the project, that the passion has not waned from consumers or the community, and the confidence shown by the financial institution (Republic Bank) to go moving forward with the project even after two years of almost no activity.

Most of the suppliers for the renovation project overseen by engineer Richard Woodroffen are locally based – Structural Systems for the steelworks, Goldfield Solar for the solar panels, ENedd Construction for the civil works and JMounter Enterprises for all the electrical works.

In 2018, the original multipurpose court was built with an adjoining 60ft container bar and deck space. At that time, Oasis had about 400 players. Since then, around 1,000 players have gone through the installation. In terms of active players now, the number is around 500.

Ford is quick to add that the facility isn’t just used for football.

“People celebrate birthdays, people have corporate events, they have fun days and things of that nature. On a daily basis, you would probably move between two and five hundred people, but in reality it is much larger.

The Oasis Sports Club is currently using the Briar Hall Clubhouse and Resource Center and the Dover Training Ground during renovations. Ford and the rest of the team hope to be able to return to their “home” by November. (JC)


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