Brampton soccer court named after Canada team captain Atiba Hutchinson

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Published June 20, 2022 at 3:09 pm

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The grand opening of Brampton's new soccer court named after Atiba Hutchinson, pictured here, is on May 17, 2024.

The city’s first fully-lit boxed soccer court is being named after Brampton’s Atiba Hutchinson, captain of Canadian men’s national soccer team.

Located at Century Gardens Recreation Centre, the court is coming later this fall and is smaller than a full soccer field, allowing players to strengthen their skill set while encouraging creativity on the pitch.

The court will be accessible for drop-in games and for players to hone their skills.

The soccer court concept comes from the Netherlands, and Brampton’s new court is one of only a few hundred of these training pitches in the world.

Speaking to Brampton City Council back in March, Hutchinson advocated for the project saying he’d seen first hand the way these type of pitches can allow players to develop their skills and express themselves on the field.

Atiba Hutchinson (centre) stands with Brampton Councillors Paul Vicente and Rowena Santos at the site of the new soccer court at the Century Gardens Recreation Centre.

Hutchinson also captains Besiktas J.K. in Turkey, and debuted as a midfielder for Canada in 2003.

Back in February, Hutchinson scored the winning goal in Canada’s victory against El Salvador, helping secure the national team’s spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Canada will face off against Belgium in its first World Cup match when the contest kicks off in November.

For more information on the Century Gardens Recreation Centre visit www.Brampton.ca.

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