The maximum security prison Litla-Hraun in Iceland has received a more than ISK seven million (USD 58,000, EUR 45,000) grant from UEFA to buy an artificial turf football field. The football field has already arrived in the country and will be in use in the coming autumn.
Litla-Hraun. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to the south Iceland newspaper Dagskráin, the local authority of the Árnbaer municipality where the prison is located agreed not to collect tariffs for sand taken from a sand mine by Eyrarbakki for the project.
Prison director Margrét Frímannsdóttir told visir.is that the project had been launched in collaboration with KSÍ, the Icelandic Football Association.
“We looked into the possibility of acquiring a small football area like those being established all around the country and asked KSÍ if they could help,” Frímannsdóttir said. The managing director of KSÍ contacted UEFA, who decided to donate the artificial turf.
The prison director said there is a lot of interest for football at Litla-Hraun.