Posted: Fri 14th Oct 2016

Official Opening For Bala 3G Pitch /
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

There was great excitement in Bala over the weekend as the new 3G pitch at Maes Tegid was officially opened. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Bala Football Club welcomed representatives from Gwynedd Council, members of the Football Association of Wales as well as former Wales player and football commentator for Sgorio Malcolm Allen, who officially cut the ribbon. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This £500,000 development will be available for local children to use during school hours, as well as benefiting the wider community. In addition to the £10 million investment to establish a modern learning campus for pupils aged between 3-19 in the town, and to re-furbish the community library and art facilities, the new 3G pitch will form part of important additional community resources/services for Bala and the surrounding area.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Bala’s enthusiastic supporters arrived at Maes Tegid on Saturday afternoon to see the game against Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Challenge Cup. A spirited performance by the home side was not enough to overcome the Scottish side who won 4-2 on the day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Dilwyn Morgan who represents Y Bala on Gwynedd Council said: “This major investment will significantly improve the ability to hold games throughout the year, whatever the weather. This will be an incentive for all the area’s school children to take part in physical activities and improve their football skills. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It’s vital that young people, inspired by the national team’s recent success, and Bala Football Club, are able to access suitable resources and equipment, particularly in such a rural area.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Bala Town FC Chief Executive Officer Nigel Aykroyd, added: “This is a giant step forward for football and the community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FAW, UEFA and Gwynedd Council for their support in making this dream a reality.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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