BILLERICA, MA — The growing popularity of summer youth sports programs and activities puts a real strain on local athletic facilities. In recognition of this fact the newly upgraded and expanded facilities at Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School located in Billerica, will be available for use by municipal recreation and school departments, and non-profit youth sports groups, at no cost other than a minimal custodial fee.
The opportunity to access the newly renovated and improved athletic facilities comes after a unanimous vote of the District’s School Committee as a way to give back to the youth in the school district.
The intent is to set aside a significant amount of access to outdoor athletic facilities from June 15th through August 15th between the hours of 2pm and 10pm, Monday through Thursday. The facilities available for use with a waiver of a rental fee include: a grass football field, one grass and one artificial turf baseball field, along with the school’s brand-new artificial turf football/soccer/lacrosse field.
School Committee Chair Robert Peterson of Wilmington said, “The School Committee is grateful for the unanimous support we received from our five communities when we borrowed the money to build these fields. Now that the project is substantially complete, it seemed like the right time to give back.”
Al Costabile is the Athletic Director at Shawsheen Tech and he’s very excited about this opportunity to give back to the towns in the District that approved funds to give new life to the school’s athletic facilities.
“Our facilities are first-class because of the support from our communities. Making the fields available to be shared by the communities provides an opportunity for everyone to share in these resources. And, for the coaches, you can compete in a first-class environment and provide your teams with the added excitement of state-of the art facilities. The kids will love playing here”, said Costabile.
The school district has asked each town’s government to designate a representative to organize its response to the offer of field time. When the AD’s office receives these responses this month, the school will balance conflicting requests and send out a schedule to its five member communities, all in plenty of time for summer schedule planning.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)
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