Brand new sports pitch is all ready to be used

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - TOM HOUGHTON TOM.HOUGHTON@waleson­line.co.uk

WORKS to a brand new 3G sports pitch at a Cynon Val­ley leisure cen­tre have been com­pleted – and it is now ready to use. The fa­cil­ity at Aber­cynon Sports Cen­tre opened to the com­mu­nity on Fri­day af­ter pass­ing a safety in­spec­tion.

And Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil is now ac­cept­ing book­ings from lo­cal sports clubs and the wider com­mu­nity.

It re­placed one of the ex­ist­ing grass foot­ball pitches, and the open­ing comes af­ter the plans were an­nounced in March last year.

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings, the cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and leisure, re­cently vis­ited the new pitch in Aber­cynon.

She said: “It is fan­tas­tic news that the coun­cil’s lat­est in­vest­ment in out­door, all-weather leisure fa­cil­i­ties, is about to be de­liv­ered with the new 3G sports pitch at Aber­cynon Sports Cen­tre.

“The coun­cil has pre­vi­ously an­nounced its am­bi­tion to pro­vide res­i­dents with a 3G sports pitch within three miles – no mat­ter where they live in the county bor­ough.

“Along­side Aber­cynon, the new all-weather fa­cil­ity in Church Vil­lage has been built, with fur­ther projects in Fern­dale, Bed­dau and Peny­waun also planned – as the coun­cil con­tin­ues to in­vest in leisure as a key pri­or­ity in the on­go­ing £200m #RCTin­vest pro­gramme.”

She said the all-weather pitches have “many ad­van­tages” over grass sur­faces, ex­plain­ing: “They do not de­te­ri­o­rate dur­ing pe­ri­ods of bad weather, en­abling clubs to con­tinue train­ing when, in the past, they couldn’t.

“The 3G sur­face also helps ease prob­lems with fix­ture sched­ules by re­duc­ing the num­ber of matches be­ing called off.

“As each new 3G pitch is com­pleted, the coun­cil con­tin­ues to de­liver upon its com­mit­ment to lo­cal sports clubs to im­prove lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties.”

Pub­lic book­ings are now be­ing ac­cepted via phone only, on 01443 562202.

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