Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting:  15th July, 2013


Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development


Vale of Glamorgan Football Centre of Development


Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to seek permission to enter into an agreement with Barry Town United Football Club for the continuation of the Vale of Glamorgan Football Centre of Development. 


1.             That the Director of Development Services be authorised to enter into an agreement with Barry Town United Football Club enabling them to operate the Vale of Glamorgan Football Centre of Development. 

2.             That for the first season of the agreement, no charges be applied for the use of the artificial turf pitch at Barry Sports Centre. 

3.             That a further report be presented at the close of the first season to consider future options regarding charging.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To raise standards of football coaching available to young people in the Vale of Glamorgan.

2.             To provide initial support to the Centre of Development.

3.             To enable Cabinet to review the position regarding charging.


2.             The Vale of Glamorgan Football Centre of Development has operated for approximately ten years and has provided quality coaching to talented young footballers (both boys and girls).  The centre has been operated directly by the Council's Sports Development Team.  However, an internal review of the Centre of Development has shown that numbers have dropped and that there are now several commercial competitors offering similar opportunities across South Wales.  One of the main reasons for the reduction in numbers has been the lack of progression opportunities for talented players.  The head coach, who has managed the scheme on behalf of the Sports Development Unit, is also no longer available having successfully secured a permanent contract with Newport Football Club following their successful promotion to the Football League.          

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             Discussions have taken place with the manager of Barry Town United Football Club who are keen to increase their presence in the local community and can provide opportunities for talented young footballers to progress.  Whilst, as widely reported, the club are experiencing some difficulties at present following their withdrawal from leagues last season, the remaining elements of the club, who are in the process of reforming, are keen to take on the management of the Centre of Development.  As well as providing a direct link with the community the club would ideally like to have a fully functioning football academy in the future as this is likely to be a requirement as they seek to gain promotion to the Welsh Premier League.  The present Centre of Development would provide an ideal starting point for this.

4.             At present, the cost of hiring the facilities for two to three hours a week to operate the Centre of Development is included within the sports development provision within the Leisure Management Contract with Parkwood Leisure.  To provide continued support to the Centre of Development during its first season in partnership with Barry Town United Football Club, it is proposed to continue with this arrangement.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.             There will be no additional resource implications to the Council under the proposed agreement.  It is understood from discussions with Barry Town United Football Club that they will aim to operate the Centre of the Development on a break- even basis, similar to the approach taken previously by the Council's Sports Development Unit.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.             Barry Town United Football Club have been informed of the Council's commitment to sustainability and climate change.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             The Council's legal department provides support in terms of an agreement.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             Positive leisure opportunities are now proven to assist in the reduction of crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             Barry Town United Football Club are keen to comply with the Council's own equal opportunity policies and procedures.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        The continuation of the Football Centre of Development will add value to the Council's health and wellbeing objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        No Ward Member consultation has taken place as the contents of this report are Vale-wide.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Dave Knevett, Operational Manager, Leisure and Tourism.  Tel. 01446 704817.


Officers Consulted

Operational Manager, Legal Services

Principal Accountant

Sport and Play Manager

Operational Manager, Parks and Open Spaces


Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services