Before throwing the old pigskin around with the boys, Premier Greg Selinger announced $400,000 to local projects in southwest Winnipeg.
The Fort Garry Lions field and 17 other local projects in southwest Winnipeg are receiving a total of $400,000 in funding from the provincial government, it was announced Aug. 22.
The funding will help the field install much-needed lighting so players can play and practise into the night, said Fort Garry Lions Football Club president Wes Mueller.
"There’s a concern here that when you have that many kids on the field at one time with the lighting we had, you could only use about two-thirds of (the field)," said Mueller. "So when it gets darker we’re compressing all the kids into one area."
Jaden Johnson, 14, who plays for the Fort Garry bantam team, said though it was a little fun playing in the dark, the lighting will be a big help.
"After practice it got a little dark so it’ll be good to have lights so we can see what we’re doing," said Johnson. "It’ll be good to have separate practice times because when we’re running laps, we run into other teams and it’s kind of annoying. It’ll be good to have the whole field for one team. It’s going to be great."
The Manitoba Paddling Association (MPA) will also receive some funding to put towards being environmentally self-sustainable at its Riverview location (80 Churchill Dr.).
MPA technical director and Team Manitoba coach Jerome Seremek said the system will make the centre financially and environmentally viable.
"A few years ago we put a geothermal system at our facility to keep our costs down," said Seremek. "This is going to help us finish up our solar system, which will add to the geo system. So we’re probably going to be the only facility in the country that is self-sufficient."