An indoor soccer training facility proposed for South Surrey Athletic Park would help ease the scheduling burden currently faced by Coastal FC

Soccer facility proposed for South Surrey Athletic Park

Public open house is to be held Wednesday at the Rotary Field House.

A new indoor soccer training facility could be on the way at South Surrey Athletic Park.

Information on the proposed joint venture between the City of Surrey and the South-Surrey based Coastal FC soccer club will be released to the public Wednesday during an open house from 6-8 p.m. at the Rotary Field House.

Though still in the preliminary stages, the proposed facility would be built on city-owned land at the athletic park, just north of field 10, southeast of Softball City.

Currently, the area is largely empty, and abuts a gravel parking lot already at the park, which would be paved under the new plan.

The facility – which would include an indoor field approximately half the size of a regulation pitch – would help ease field-space concerns for Coastal FC, which has more than 4,000 members ranging from toddlers to senior-aged players.

“We’re getting bigger and we are highly restricted in our field space,” said Coastal FC president Geoff Killam. “We’re seeing a lot of growth, especially at our youngest age levels.”

The facility would be ideal for younger players who don’t play on full-size pitches, and could also be used for indoor soccer leagues and off-season training, Killam said.

Killam could not yet provide an estimated cost of the facility, but said they would hope to break ground in August of 2016, with an estimated completion date of the following spring.

“It’ll be a really centerpiece facility for us,” he said. “I think everybody will be pretty keen on it.”

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