A Multi-Sport Facility Developed by Symbion Power and Sunderland AFC
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – October 1, 2015 – A youth park aimed at providing sports and healthy lifestyle education opportunities for Tanzanian boys and girls, will officially open to the public on October 19th in Dar es Salaam. The development and construction of the park, named after H.E. President Jakaya M. Kikwete, represents the collaborative efforts of Symbion Power, a major American independent power producer with long-standing ties to the local community, and English Premier League Club Sunderland AFC (SAFC). The park will be free for all, open year round, seven days a week.
“Symbion strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we work. Through the development of the youth park, we are helping to promote an active lifestyle for Tanzanian young people, as well as play an important role in their learning and development through making sporting activities available.” said Symbion CEO Paul Hinks.
The park will provide a full-size 3G artificial turf football pitch, two five-a-side pitches, one sand-based pitch, two basketball courts, and floodlighting to ensure the community can enjoy the facility in the evenings. The facility will also feature a centre of excellence dedicated to improving the skills of young Tanzanian footballers. The centre is scheduled to begin operations in January 2016 and will feature a programme specifically designed by SAFC.
Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne said: “Community engagement is at the heart of our football club and through our partnership with Symbion Power we have been able to share our knowledge to support the development of what will be a life-changing facility for young people in Tanzania. We are delighted to see the sports park project coming to fruition and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the local community.”
Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a non-profit organization that uses the power of sport to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth to live healthier lives. also serves as a programming partner for the facility.
“At GRS, we acknowledge that young people are disproportionately at risk for HIV and other diseases, yet they are also the greatest force for change. Through sport we hope to engage youth in vital conversations around life decisions and empower them to live healthier lives. The integration of sport and health is a great way to create positive lasting change.” said Sarah Miller, Partnerships Manager for GRS.
The JMK Park will also provide a major basketball league programme featuring coaching and player development clinics throughout the season. Students from 30 schools from across Dar es Salaam will be able to participate in professional style basketball league competitions.
Those who decide to use the park must first pre-register by filling out a personal profile. Further details for how to pre-register will be released in the coming days. For more developments related to the park, please follow us on Twitter @jmkpark and Instagram @jmk_park.
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