The Council has installed a new 3G sports pitch in Ferndale as part of the community’s significant 21st Century Schools investment – as 11 all-weather sports surfaces have now been delivered across Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

Ferndale Community School is one of the schools to benefit from brand new facilities as part of a huge £85m education investment across Rhondda and Tonyrefail in 2018/19.

From the start of the academic year this September, pupils have been benefitting from three new ICT suites and a new Design and Technology Room, while an existing Science laboratory has been refurbished.

Two additional classrooms have also been created utilising existing space within the school, and classrooms have been installed with facilities suitable for pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN). Meanwhile, the school’s toilet areas have been improved, while a new roof for its kitchen has been installed.

Construction of a new 3G sports pitch – for school and community use – started in April 2018. It was completed in time for the new school year, and pupils are now enjoying the new facility during Physical Education lessons.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "I was pleased to visit the new 3G sports pitch at Ferndale Community School, and see the young people using their new facility and enjoying outdoor exercise.

“Overall, the school has benefitted from around £2m of joint funding through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

"Ferndale is the latest area in Rhondda Cynon Taf to benefit from a new all-weather sports pitch thanks to significant Education investment – which is for the benefit of pupils and the wider community. It is being delivered alongside a new pitch at Porth Community School for the 2018/19 academic year.

"New 3G pitches have been delivered at schools in Tonyrefail, Tonypandy, Pontyclun and Aberdare thanks to 21st Century Schools investment, while pupils in Church Village and Mountain Ash are benefitting from new facilities nearby.

Construction is due to begin in Beddau and Penywaun shortly, which would bring the total number of pitches across Rhondda Cynon Taf to 13.”

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: "The new all-weather 3G sports pitches being delivered in Ferndale and Porth this month bring the total number that the Council has built in recent years to 11 – and this follows a commitment to local residents and sports clubs that it would further invest in additional outdoor leisure facilities.

“These latest developments are helping the Council to fulfil its ambitious commitment to provide every resident with a 3G pitch within three miles of their home – no matter where they live in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“New 3G sports pitches have many advantages over grass surfaces – they can be played in all-weather and do not deteriorate. This means residents can continue enjoying outdoor leisure activities throughout the winter months, enabling sports clubs to fulfil their busy calendar of fixture schedules.

"The Council is also investing in outdoor athletics facilities in the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff areas, with the new £3m athletics facility in Aberdare now open and investment planned for a new facility in Beddau.

"The Council is also carrying out feasibility work on initial plans to upgrade the existing track in Clydach Vale."

Posted on Tuesday 25th September 2018

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