Vale of Glamorgan Council gives Barry Town United AFC boost with further Jenner Park improvements
18 July 2017
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has given Barry Town United AFC a major boost ahead of their return to the Welsh Premier League as improvement work at Jenner Park continues.
Cllr Thomas and Cllr Kemp with Barry Town United AFC Manager and Secretary in Clubuse
Gavin Chesterfield’s men are gearing up for another crack at the domestic top flight after clinching the Welsh League Division One title last season.
That came just four years after the club was withdrawn from the second tier and forced to join the lowest run of the Welsh League ladder.
With Barry Town United now re-establishing themselves on the pitch, The Vale Council is aiming to give the club a further lift behind the scenes by allowing them to lease the Jenner Park bar and skittle area.
As it has already done with the Jenner Suite, the club plans to refurbish these areas to a high standard and create a space that can be used by the club and the wider community.
Hopefully that will further increase the club’s appeal, help attract more supporters and raise extra revenue.
There is also an opportunity for the facilities to be used by the community for private functions.
Residents have voiced concerns over the increased demand for matchday car parking due to Barry Town United’s growing success and the extensive use of the Jenner Park facilities.
In order to address this, more use will made of the Devon Avenue car park on matchdays, while the possibility of providing additional space for visiting teams at Council’s Court Depot will be investigated once contractors working on another project vacate the site later in the year.
It may also be possible to create a new car park at the former Civic Amenity site on Court Road when specific events are taking place at Jenner Park.
This is the latest move by the Council to support Barry Town United, with the two working closely as the club looked to battle back from adversity.
A new state-of-the-art 3G pitch was laid in 2015 after a six figure investment from the Council, enabling both Barry Town United and the wider community to enjoy top-quality facilities.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “We are thrilled to have come to this latest agreement with Barry Town United, which we hope can help the club continue the remarkable rise we have witnessed over the last few years. “A thriving Barry Town United is important for the local community and the Council will do everything possible to help the club succeed. Not only does the first team help raise Barry’s profile by competing at the highest level in Wales, the range of women’s and youth teams run by the club play an important role in the area. Not least they promote an active lifestyle, something the Council very much supports.”
Barry Town United AFC Manager Gavin Chesterfield said: “I'd like to thank the Vale of Glamorgan Council for their continued support of our club and sport in the Vale of Glamorgan in general. As we approach our first season back in The Welsh Premier League, this news is a huge boost to our off-the-field infrastructure. With over 600 playing members at the club, the reopening of this section of the clubhouse will provide both ourselves and the community with an enhanced off-field experience.”
Cllr Thomas and Cllr Kemp with Barry Town United AFC Manager and Secretary in goals