March 22, 2017

Peel board partners with Footy Sevens to bring $2-million plus in improvements to track, field at Heart Lake Secondary School

​Revitalized facility to benefit Heart Lake students, community


The Peel District School Board has entered into an agreement with Footy Sevens for the construction and operation of a revitalized sports field at Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton. Improvements, covered financially by Footy Sevens, include the installation of an artificial turf field, LED lighting, fencing and renovated bleachers on the sports field. As part of this project, the Peel board will also direct funding to refurbish the existing walking/running track with a synthetic surface at Heart Lake Secondary School.

The board expects renovations to the track and field to begin in mid-April 2017, with an estimated completion date of August 2017. "We're looking forward to partnering with Footy Sevens to bring top-notch sports facilities and programming to Peel students and the community," notes Jaspal Gill, associate director of operational support services for the Peel board. "When opportunities like these present themselves, it's clear that they are a win-win for everyone involved, but most of all for our students."

Footy Sevens is covering all of the costs associated with the field improvements, including design, construction and maintenance-related costs. They will be making an investment of approximately two million dollars in capital to improve the field at Heart Lake. "We're delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Peel District School Board to build a top-class, all-weather facility to extend the recreational opportunities for the students and community of the Heart Lake area," says Chris Surgeoner, partner with Footy Sevens. "We're excited to host our adult and youth sports programming at a facility that has been designed to meet the highest safety and performance standards year after year. It's been a pleasure to work with the Peel board so far and we look forward to continuing to build upon this relationship at this site for the benefit of all."

As part of the agreement, Footy Sevens will have the opportunity to use the facility for their leagues and to rent the field out to community groups outside of regular school hours. Heart Lake school teams will also be able to use the revitalized field for training and games. Free use by not-for-profit community groups will be subject to availability. Footy Sevens will be responsible for fee-setting and facility bookings outside of school use.

Notes Suzanne Nurse, trustee for wards 2 and 9 in Brampton, "As the trustee for Heart Lake Secondary School, I know that these improvements will mean a great deal to the students and staff, and I know that the benefits will extend well beyond the school into the community. These improvements have been a long time coming, and we're pleased to see a community partner step forward to help us modernize the field for our students."

Footy Sevens operates Ottawa's premier recreational soccer, volleyball and ball hockey leagues. Each year, well over 1,000 teams participate in the leagues, utilizing premier university, high school and private turf soccer fields and gymnasiums in the National Capital Region. As well as the year-round league program, their annual Kicking Cancer's Butt charity tournament has raised over $80,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. This partnership marks Footy Sevens' entry into the Greater Toronto Area.

Questions can be directed to Peter Koehnen, Heart Lake principal, at 905-840-2328, or Chris Surgeoner at Footy Sevens at 289-632-1855. Heart Lake Secondary School is located at 296 Conestoga Drive in Brampton.

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Media contact: Jaspal Gill, Associate Director of Operational Support Services, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2012, jaspal.gill@peelsb.com

Chris Surgeoner, Partner, Footy Sevens, 289-632-1855, chris@footysevens.com  

Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, carla.pereira@peelsb.com


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