Purpose of the project

We want to fulfill the dreams of young footballers. Our hometown Tartu has about 2000 footballers, most of them kids aged 6-19. We have no proper pitches to train on during the cold winter months which you can imagine, are quite common in Estonia. Hundreds of kids are playing on icy overcrowded pitches, which hinders their development and makes injuries a common occurrance. We love football, but not our training conditions.

We have a vision to change that. We will rebuild an old stadium to a modern training complex,  complete   with a  grass pitch and an artificial pitch with undersoil heating to train in  winter. The project costs about 450 000€, which sounds like a  small amount in modern football, but is huge for us. We're financing 2/3 of the project with a bank loan and some help from the FA, but to get the last 150 000€ to complete the project , we have started one of Estonia's biggest crowdfunding campaigns. We're literally making history here. 

Since we're lacking square metres to train on, we're gathering the funds square metre by square metre. Everyone can pitch in, get their very own square metre of the new pitch and write their name in Estonian football history. It all ends next July with a huge football festival - every donor is invited to Estonia's biggest public viewing of the EURO 2016 final. Hopefully by then in our brand new stadium, where you can check out your own square metre by yourself.

Purpose of the project

  • To promote the public health and sport of Tartu.
  • To better the conditions for training and competing for Estonian footballers. 
  • To build a modern training centre with artificial grass and natural grass pitches.
  • To find the finances for building the training centre through community involvment and to organize the construction works.

Why build artificial grass pitch with underfloor heating to Sepa Stadium?

  • There are much more football enthusiasts in Tartu than the existing football stadiums are able  serve 
  • The artificial pitch enables to train and compete all year round, contrary to the natural grass pitch that serves people from May to October. Other big cities such as Tallinn have proportionally way more pitches, giving them a competitive advantage over to Tartu.
  • Undersoil heating preserves the health of kids and professional athletes, because the ice-free pitch prevents injuries.
  • Depreciated old Sepa Stadium is located in a developed area of Tartu; throughout history it has been used as a stadium and it already has the needed communications and public transport connections.

Why does the Sepa Football Centre need your support?

  • Big sporting facilities are usually built by local municipalities, but the city of Tartu does not have enough resources to meet the infrastructural needs of fast-growing sports.
  • Tammeka as one of the biggest sports clubs in Tartu wants to lessen the city's lack of sporting infrastructure, but needs the help of other citizens and sport enthusiasts to do that.
  • Tammeka is a non-profitable organization, meaning that any profit earned is always invested back into improving the public health and sports of Tartu.
  • Banks are not willing to give out more loans than Tammeka can service, therefore the project needs the support of benefactors and sponsors.