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Paul Lefebvre - MP for Sudbury
Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019
Belli Bubble much closer to becoming reality
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury soccer community was ecstatic, but they were certainly not alone.

A large contingent of youth soccer enthusiasts joined forces with the minor baseball folks and others, creating a rousing welcome for the announcement of $4 Million in provincial funding towards the construction of a new year-round turf facility in New Sudbury.

MPP Glenn Thibeault was thrilled to be sharing the news, one of a vision that is being built in memory of his friend and late city councillor, Fabio Belli. The "Belli Bubble", as it is to be known, creates a not-for-profit venue that partners together the Fabio Belli Foundation, the Rainbow District School Board and the City of Sudbury.

"Pending approval of the board, we can include the multi-purpose sports facility in the redevelopment plans for Lasalle Secondary School and turn the collective vision into reality for the children, young people, older adults and families throughout our community," noted Rainbow Board Director of Education Norm Blaseg in a prepared statement.

Projected to be built on current school property, the attraction to the Rainbow Board lies in the ability to utilize the venue during week-day daytime hours, increasing the options for off-season physical activity for school kids of all ages.

Understandably, few will be happier than the soccer folks who previously frequented the indoor center off Falconbridge Road, a site which has not been in use for these purposes for the past two winters. Effectively, it has forced those who seek to train year-round into far less than ideal gymnasium settings, more often than not.

However, as was learned with the usage of the former indoor center, soccer is not likely to be the only sport that benefits, with baseball, football and others sure to keep the site hopping.

"In Sudbury, we are always looking to find ways to be more active and engaged with our neighbours, but our northern winters make it challenging to participate in sports year-round," stated Thibeault. "This investment by our government will help to create space so that everyone will be able to enjoy sports and recreation in any month, no matter the weather."

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