DVSS, Drumheller Football team up on Project play grant ap­pli­ca­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

DVSS and the Drumheller Ti­tans are hop­ing for a boost to im­prove their field and play­ing fa­cil­ity.

They have teamed up with the Town of Drumheller to ap­ply for the Kraft Heinz Project Play $250,000 grant for re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments.

One of the coaches of the Drumheller Ter­rap­ins, Heather Jones, worked on the ap­pli­ca­tion, and says the fa­cil­ity is in dire need of re­pairs.

“We have been fundrais­ing for the field it­self for the past year, and we are at about a quar­ter of what it would take to do the field alone,” said Jones.

If they are suc­cess­ful in the ap­pli­ca­tion, they would have the funds to resur­face the field, as well as add new bleach­ers, wash­rooms, a tower for an­nounc­ers and coaches to view the field, and a proper con­ces­sion. They would also re­fur­bish the run­ning track.

Many of the up­grades would sup­port the Drumheller Com­mu­nity Football pro­gram, which has been shap­ing young ath­letes since 1995. To­day, they have ban­tam and se­nior teams and just two years ago, it added the Pee­wee Ter­rap­ins, a chance for Grade 5 and 6 stu­dents to learn the game be­fore go­ing into junior high.

In the team’s brief his­tory, they have had great suc­cess that in­cludes Tier IV provin- cial cham­pi­onships in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Alumni have gone on to play at the junior and univer­sity level.

Be­yond Drumheller Com­mu­nity Football, the fireld is an im­por­tant part of DVSS, and all the sports and com­mu­nity build­ing pro­grams it is in­volved in.

“The rugby team uses, it the school uses it, there is so much we could do with this money,” she said.

The dead­line for the ap­pli­ca­tion was June 12. Cur­rently, the con­test is in the ad­ju­di­cat­ing phase and four fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced on July 8.

On July 25 and 26, the vot­ing round will be held. The grand prize is $250,000, and the run­ner-ups will re­ceive $20,000.

Drumheller Football and DVSS, along with the Town of Drumheller have nom­i­nated the DVSS Field for a Kraft Heinz Project Play grant.

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