In its capacity as one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, Queretaro held its first preparatory security meeting on Thursday. Among those attending was Decio de Maria Serrano, a member of the Mexico 2011 Local Organising Committee and the Secretary General of the Mexican Football Association (FMF).

Also present were Jose Luis Alvarado Tapia, the Executive President of the Queretaro Sports Development Trust; Manuel Pozo Cabrera, Chief Clerk of the State Government; several municipal, regional and federal civic and police chiefs; and a number of FMF officials.

Similar meetings are scheduled to take place over the next few weeks with a view to finalising security plans for the games the city will host at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The opening match of the tournament takes place in Morelia on 18 June, with Queretaro hosting its first game two days later.

In highlighting how important it was for all three levels of government to play a part in ensuring the protection of both participating teams and the general public during the competition, De Maria said: “Today we have taken the first step in the process of coordinating security, a step we are very happy to have made. This is another significant move forward in the organisation of the World Cup.”

The LOC member also inspected the modifications being made at the Estadio Corregidora, and had nothing but praise for the regional government and the Queretaro Sports Development Trust. “We are extremely proud at the work being carried at the stadium and are very grateful to the regional government,” he said. “A lot of progress has been made with regard to seating. The benches are already in place, as are the new changing rooms. It’s going to look wonderful.”