First look at Jenner Park’s new 3G pitch
09 October 2015
The new 3G pitch at Jenner Park in Barry saw its first sporting action this week when Cllr Gwyn John, the Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member for leisure, and Jane Hutt AM visited to take a look at the work in progress.
The pitch at Jenner Park, which is due to be completed within the next month, will provide a first class facility for players at all levels of the game to use.
Installation of the pitch began earlier this summer and is central to an ambitious plan by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to not only make the stadium financially viable but also to get more people in the Vale playing sport.
After inspecting the pitch, Cllr John said: “The previous arrangements for managing Jenner Park were simply not sustainable in the current financial climate. With the cuts being imposed by MPs in Westminster biting deeper and deeper we could not continue to spend a six figure sum each year on maintaining the stadium.
“The easy decision would have been to simply close the doors to Jenner Park for good. Thankfully for all of those that value sport, the Vale of Glamorgan Council had the vision to develop a better facility and new way of managing it that will ensure this historic ground is used for generations to come.
“As promised we have retained the running track and we will shortly be refurbishing the athletics jumping areas to ensure that the stadium’s athletics facilities are of a high standard. Council officers are also examining alternative sites within the Vale for throwing events. ”
Also present was Barry Town United AFC manager Gavin Chesterfield who welcomed the new facility saying: “I am lucky enough to have managed this great club for many years and so I have been able to experience playing football in this fantastic stadium every other week.
“What really excites me about this project is that so many others from across the community will now be able to enjoy the feeling of running out here. I’m sure that just like my players, they cannot wait.”
As part of the same programme of work construction is soon to begin on four smaller five-a-side pitches at the Colcot Sports Centre. Alongside the upgraded Jenner Park these pitches will provide a suite of surfaces within the Vale’s largest town that can be played on by all sections of the community 365 days a year.
The new pitch at Jenner Park is expected to host its first games before the end of October.
Local clubs and organisations who may wish to use this new facility should contact the Vale of Glamorgan Council on 01446 709371 for information.