The plans, approved by the council’s Cabinet on 10th April, are for the development of a Community Athletics Hub at Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School in Oakdale. The new facility will include a new flood lit synthetic running track area - the first in the Caerphilly county borough.
The track will also feature a fan for off field events, e.g. high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and discus.
The council has successfully bid for 100% funding for the project through Welsh Government’s Community Hub Grant programme; with the project cost totalling £755,000.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, said “Caerphilly is currently one of only six local authorities in Wales without an athletics track so the funding announcement for the Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School project is fantastic news. The new facility will maximise the benefits of our school sites for the wider community outside of school hours, whilst providing opportunities for our aspiring athletes to train within the county borough.”
A second project, to develop a new state of the art 3G pitch at Risca Community Comprehensive School in partnership with Coleg Gwent, has been placed on a reserve list by Welsh Government. The proposal would see the creation of a 3G all weather multi use pitch with floodlights installed at the site, with the pitch meeting both rugby and football governing body requirements.