Wales Assistant Manager Kit Symons hails new pitches at Colcot Sports Centre
26 July 2017
WALES Assistant Manager Kit Symons has hailed the six new floodlit outdoor football pitches built at Colcot Sports Centre after an investment of more than £500,000 by Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Four new five-a-side and two larger seven-a-side pitches have been opened at the facility, each featuring a hardwearing synthetic 3G surface made up of artificial grass blades supported by a thin base layer of sand, and an infill of rubber crumb.
The pitches will be available for hire by members of the public, can be used by schools and sports clubs, while there are also plans to run evening football leagues.
They will complement the facilities already on offer at Colcot Sports Centre, which include a full-size all-weather outdoor football pitch, a climbing wall, sports hall and badminton court.
The project, which cost a total of £566,000, was carried out by local company South Wales Sports Grounds, with work starting in March.
It comes less than two years after the Council spent a similar sum on upgrades to Jenner Park, including the laying of a new 3G surface there.
Such work offers the community an opportunity to engage in exercise throughout the year, helping them stay active, which has significant implications for health and wellbeing.
Further work to improve sporting facilities in the Vale will see Barry and Penarth Leisure Centres undergo refurbishment work in the near future.
Kit Symons said: “It’s a great facility. You can see all the children running around having fun and facilities like this are vital for young players’ development within the Vale of Glamorgan and within Wales.
“They don’t come cheap these pitches. This is a big investment, but I think it’s one that’s very worthwhile for local communities and Wales as a whole because it’s important we get young boys and girls playing on a regular basis.
colcotimage3 (1)“Often mini football can get postponed quite a bit throughout the winter months and it’s important that the children can keep playing because they miss out on opportunities to develop. We’re hoping that one or maybe two can go on to play senior football and maybe go on and play in the first team for Wales. We want them to become the best they can be.
“This type of facility gives youngsters the opportunity to play and that’s what they need.”
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “I’m delighted to see these new state-of-the-art football pitches open at Colcot Sports Centre. They will offer members of the community a fantastic environment in which to play sport all year round.
“As a Council, we are committed to encouraging an active lifestyle and this is the latest example of our ongoing investment into sport and leisure facilities. Engaging in regular exercise is vital as it brings a host of health benefits and promotes general wellbeing.”