H’ View, Fersan sign MOU
Harbour View Football Club on Tuesday signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with fertiliser producers Newport-Fersan Limited to help improve and maintain the standard of the playing surface at the club’s home ground.
Although the agreement was only signed on Tuesday, the deal, which is worth more than $2 million, has been in the making since August last year, and work on the field at the Harbour View Stadium started over a month ago.
Harbour View’s General Manager, Clyde Jureidini, says the club has been very encouraged by the partnership.
“This is a new dimension for us, where the partnership over the next three years will not only repair, but will present the field in the immaculate way we all want. We are not there yet, but we hope, in time, we will get to that and beyond,” Jureidini said.
Fersan will provide Harbour View with input and technical support and will work hand in hand with the club’s technical team throughout the process.
“This is a part of our precise nutrient-management system. We went and took soil sample for analysis, after which we were able to created a fertiliser programme just for Harbour View, so the fertiliser in the bag is just for Harbour View,” said Hedda Rose-Dunkley, Fersan’s business development manager.
Versan’s managing director, Dennis Valdes, said Harbour View will be the first club in the region to benefit from their precise nutrient management system.
“We are planning to have the first grass stadium in this region with this programme. We will enhance the field for Harbour View to offer better professional conditions to the athletes, so we have more football players here in Jamaica interested in doing this sport as a professional sport. We hope to strengthen our relationship in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rose-Dunkley said the fertiliser company was encouraged to form more partnerships with local clubs and schools to improve their playing surfaces.
“This is a catalyst for us to work with other football fields across Jamaica, not just at the Premier League level, but all the way down to the school level.
“So this is an opportunity for owners of football clubs and stadiums to recognised that there is more to just fertilising their grasses than what they are accustomed to doing, and we now have this opportunity to do it with Harbour View,” she said.