D.C. school gets new soccer field courtesy of UAE Embassy

Students at Marie Reed Elementary School in Adams Morgan will soon be able to play soccer on a new artificial turf field, installed courtesy of the United Arab Emirates and the Manchester City Football Club.

Officials from the District, the soccer club and the embassy gathered Tuesday to celebrate the field’s groundbreaking.

“I can’t imagine a better place for this new field, right here in the heart of Washington,” UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, who played varsity soccer while an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, said in a statement.

The all-weather field, estimated to cost around a half-million dollars, is expected to be ready for players at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Students also will receive ongoing coaching.

Manchester City and the UAE Embassy have cooperated to build five fields in other U.S. cities, part of an effort to improve children’s lives through sports. The embassy has contributed millions of dollars in the District and across the country for other education- and youth-related projects.

Emma Brown writes about national education and about people with a stake in schools, including teachers, parents and kids.

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