On Wednesday May 20, the Discovery College, Hong Kong held a short soft opening of the new Discovery Foreshore. All students had the chance to stand out on the new pitch in their House colours and celebrate together the completion of this new space that will be a welcome addition of play space and fields for our College and community.
Action on the new foreshore kicked off straight-away with the U12 Boys B Cobra football team vs DBIS in a game Wednesday afternoon, followed by a friendly staff game.
The Discovery Foreshore opening marks the completion of a project that began more than six years ago as a joint effort by Discovery College, the Discovery Bay City Owner’s Committee, HK Resort Company Limited and the DB community. The artificially turfed area supplied and installed by Polytan STI is a wonderful school and community asset that will be open to public use, with group bookings managed by the school.
The sports area is covered in “Poligras/Ligaturf” artificial turf, a FIFA 2-Star certified system, which was featured at the 2012 Olympic Games. On the ground are markings for two pitches of dimensions 51.4 x 22.0 m and 37.3 x 20.1 m. The larger will be put to use for football and rugby, and is equipped with special dual-use goalposts. The smaller will lend itself to football again, as well as netball. The foreshore area also now features a small shaded area to rest or hang out in, as well as a set of long steps alongside the pitches that will accommodate spectators. The DCPTA has also generously supported the project by funding a large storage shed for sports equipment, a chilled and filtered drinking fountain, the canopy for the shaded area as well as the many trees that will provide cover from the sun.