Plans for Caerphilly £6m Sporting Academy Announced
Tuesday, 24th January 2012Construction plans for a £6m centre of sporting excellence have been unveiled by Caerphilly Council at a special media conference. The proposed centre, backed by the Welsh Rugby Union and the Football Association of Wales, is to be on the former Ystrad Mynach Hospital site. The plan is for two "third generation" (3G) artificial pitches for football and rugby teams, as well as training facilities for "elite" sports people. The council will take possession of the site from mid-February 2012. The pitches/lighting/stands/terracing and car parking will be constructed to the highest standards and meet the exacting requirements of the sport's governing bodies. The facility will, unusually, be both exclusive and inclusive. It will be exclusive in that it offers the possibilities of matches at the highest level being played together with high class performance training and sport science facilities. It will provide many of the training requirements of elite sportsmen and women in one single venue. It will also be inclusive as it will be used by the whole community – enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The council, which takes control of the hospital site next month, said it was in discussions with the Welsh government for the £900,000 it needs to complete the construction budget. The council said Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff City were also "excited" by the prospects offered by the development.