Posted: Wed 22nd Mar 2017

New Floodlit 3G Pitches In Cardiff Parks /
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017

Two state-of-the-art 3G floodlit sports pitches have been installed in Trelai Park in the Caerau area of the city and in The Marl in Grangetown. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The artificial turf pitches replace current disused tennis courts and will maximise training opportunities and the development of football at grass root level. The scheme has been funded through a partnership with Welsh Government and their Capital Loan Scheme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During construction, the Council worked closely with local sports clubs and organisations in order to keep them abreast of the forthcoming facilities. In Trelai, the Caerau and Ely Sports Trust has been set up involving all the local sports clubs and its focus is to support the development of sport and physical activity as a way of engaging young people in the area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

One of the benefits of these new pitches is that they will ensure all mini and junior football and rugby can take place despite periods of wet weather. In addition the synthetic playing surfaces provide the best conditions to learn and play sports such as football and rugby. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that this excellent facility has now been completed. Sport and recreation is such an important community service in terms of both health and social benefits and I only wish that we had facilities like this when I was growing up in the area. I would like to think that the next Joe Ledley or Gareth Bale will develop their football skills and passion for sport on these pitches.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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