February 24, 2011
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
A sixth field is being developed at the Smith River Sports Complex, paid for by the Piedmont Youth Soccer League (PYSL) and the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority.
Work began in mid-February to develop the field, which had been used as a practice field, according to Kimberly Payne, marketing director for the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority, which manages the complex.
The authority and PYSL will share the $10,000 total cost, with PYSL contributing $4,000 and the authority paying for the remaining $6,000, Payne said.
“PYSL is pleased to support the development of the Smith River Sports Complex by making a donation towards the improvements to field number 6,” said Andy Quirk, vice president of the PYSL.
“Since the league started playing on the impressively maintained pitches and facility, the number of players in the league has increased significantly,” Quirk said. “The playing experience and enjoyment of our players using such a first-class facility is a partnership we wish to grow and continue.”
Billy Russo, the director of operations at the complex, said the $10,000 cost will come from a variety of sources, including sand that will be mixed with the soil, an in-ground irrigation system, chemicals, fertilizers and labor.
Development of the sixth field will “allow the complex, PYSL and other tenants to expand programs,” according to Russo.
“It will allow us to bring additional teams as well as revenue. The more teams we can host, the more economic impact we’ll have with more players” visiting the community and patronizing local hotels and restaurants, Russo said.
Development is expected to be completed by Sept. 1, Payne said.
The field initially will be used as a training field for PYSL, but later it will be used “for overflow when we bring in the bigger tournaments,” Payne said.
Russo noted that the complex turned away roughly 40 youth teams that were interested in competing in the PYSL Shootout. The addition of the sixth field would allow the complex to add as many as 15 more teams to a similar youth tournament in the future, he said.
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