Grangetown to make its case for Uefa pitch

26 October 2016

Grangetown councillors are to make the case next week with top football officials for a maxi-pitch to be created – as a legacy of the European Champions League final being played in Cardiff next year.

The gift, usually worth up to £90,000, is given to the host city as part of the deal to stage Europe’s biggest club match next June.

Councillor Ashley Govier said: “The news that the FAW has secured the Champions League final for Wales has been a fantastic boost to our city. Since then, there has been much discussion about the resulting financial boost our city businesses will receive.

“However, the real success of its presence here will be measured by the legacy it leaves for years to come, and as ward members for Grangetown – which neighbours the host ward – we want to ensure that there is a benefit for the youth of Grangetown.”

Uefa and FAW officials will visit Grange Gardens next Wednesday, where there have been incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Mr Govier said he hoped an upgrading of facilities and increased activity at Grange Gardens would “have a positive impact on this issue”.

Meanwhile, the Marl has already been given the go-ahead for its own maxi-pitch, as part of plans announced by the council.

Uefa’s Grassroots Programme will fund a maxi pitch when the Principality Stadium hosts the 2017 final on June 3rd. The 3G pitches are aimed at children playing the sport.

Black and ethnic minority population statistics are also taken into account in the final decision.

Grange Pavilion in Grange Gardens is the location for coaching sessions on Wednesday evenings involving local children, hosted by Grange Allstars FC.

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