Cefn Druids, together with its other funding partners, Sport Wales, Cefn Community Council and the FAW, have secured the funding which aims to make The Rock a hub for club and community use. The project will see a 100m x 64m FIFA 1Star 3G pitch with 3m run-off to all sides installed.
Once the pitch is installed it will provide the club with the infrastructure to allow all of its squads to train on the pitch through the week and, thus, working towards improving player development.
It is also anticipated that the 3G surface will provide the opportunity for the community and other clubs to use to increase local grass roots participation. This will be achieved in one instance by building on the current links Cefn Druids has with Penycae, Cefn United, Acrefair, and Johnstown. These are partners that comprise of 29 teams and more than 300 players. On top of this the club can provide a community facility alongside one of the most deprived areas of Wales.
With the planned increased use of the pitch at The Rock, Cefn Druids will be looking to tie in increased sponsorship of the club as well as use of the on-site Clubhouse to provide further revenue and secure the financial stability of the club.
With the success clubs such as The New Saints, Llandudno and Newtown have achieved since laying a 3G surface, Cefn Druids will be looking to replicate that and increase spectators to The Rock Stadium on a match day as well as spreading the name of the club further afield, which could attract new young players to join the club’s infrastructure.
The total eligible cost of the project is £425,000, of which the FAW has awarded a grant of £317,625, which equates to 75% of the total eligible project costs.
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