With the local soccer season around the corner, residents of Kewtown in Athlone can now prepare for ‘battle’ on their very own field. Mayor Patricia de Lille today opened the area’s first synthetic sports pitch as part of the City’s R4.9m investment in Kewtown and surrounding communities. The Hickory sports field will be at the disposal of local football associations affiliated to SAFA as well as to schools in the greater Athlone area. “Among the range of recreational and sports spaces we provide, we have since 2012 installed a total of 26 world-class synthetic pitches across the city”, says De Lille. The mayor told excited residents that sport was not only a wonderful unifier, but that it also allowed young people to develop a set of skills, build confidence and learn to become more disciplined. Local soccer coach Boebie Cassim says providing facilities like these keep kids off the streets.