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Coquitlam's newest high school sports field is missing something — a $60K scoreboard

What's the score? SD43's education foundation is looking to raise the funds by the beginning of July in hopes of adding the clock to officially complete Centennial Secondary's new facility.

Centennial Secondary's new sports field officially opened on April 5.

Its senior girls' soccer team had first kick-off honours with its season-opening match, and ended with a win over Terry Fox Secondary.

But what was the score?

Unless you counted the number of goals on your fingers, you may have not known the Centaurs shut out the Ravens 3-0.

Now, it appears School District 43's (SD43) fundraiser to get a new scoreboard to complete the $3-million facility in Coquitlam — next to Winslow Avenue — is roughly a month away from its scheduled deadline.

The SD43 Education Foundation is hoping to raise $60,000 before its 90-day deadline. The campaign started on April 4.

"It’s an ambitious goal, but we know our students are worth it," reads a letter on Centennial Secondary's website.

"The construction of these new facilities will provide students with an amazing campus to learn and participate in our athletics program."

If the foundation achieves its goal by early July, the new scoreboard will be used by Centennial's outdoor sports teams, such as soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey.

Before April 5, its soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams called Town Centre Park home, while football was played on a grass field on the other side of Poirier Street.

The new artificial turf field — the seventh of its kind in Coquitlam — was constructed on the site of the old Centennial Secondary, that was demolished in 2018 after a new school was opened just behind it.

The project, jointly funded by the city and SD43, was originally supposed to open in 2020.

"We believe that with our long history of Centennial alumni and community connections, we can make this happen for our present and future Centennial athletes and students," the fundraising letter adds.

"This would mean so much to our coaches and athletes."

If you wish to make a contribution to the scoreboard campaign, you're encouraged to visit the SD43 Education Foundation website.

It's not known how much funds have come in for the scoreboard, as of this publication (June 5).

The Tri-City News has reached out to the foundation and will update this story when more information becomes available.

- with files from Mario Bartel, Tri-City News

 

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