Pupils in Beddau can now enjoy the Council’s 13th new 3G sports pitch, while finishing touches are completed to a new athletics track around its perimeter – both facilities will soon be available for community use.
On Wednesday, July 17, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member Ann Crimmings visited pupils at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School – who were taking part in a Physical Education lesson on the new ‘all-weather’ pitch. Delivered by the Council through #RCTinvest, the pitch was handed over for the school’s use from Monday, July 15.
The Council is also delivering a running track around the 3G pitch’s perimeter – as investment in athletics continues across the County Borough. During September 2018, the £3m Ron Jones Stadium opened in Aberdare with state-of-the-art track, field and changing facilities – while a £500,000 scheme has recently got underway to improve the King George V track in Clydach Vale.
The running track at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive has now been laid, and the white line markings are due to be added in the week commencing July 22, weather permitting. Both the athletics track and 3G sports pitch are likely to be brought into community use in early August 2019 following completion of a separate access road.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “I’m very pleased that another one of our schools is now benefitting from the significant Council investment in outdoor leisure facilities, delivered through the #RCTinvest Programme.
“The Bryncelynnog facility follows new 3G pitches delivered for school use in Church Village, Tonypandy, Tonyrefail, Pontyclun, Aberdare, Porth, Ferndale and most-recently in Penywaun – with many of these linked to our wider 21st Century Schools investment. It also follows the new £3m Ron Jones athletics stadium in Aberdare, which pupils have been enjoying since September 2018.
“It was great to meet some of the young people in Beddau who are now using the new 3G pitch as part of their Physical Education lessons – and they will have access to the new athletics facility from September. This investment is helping schools deliver the Physical Education curriculum, and is important to encourage pupils to take part in outdoor leisure activities from a young age.”
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “The new 3G pitch in Beddau is the 13th to be delivered across Rhondda Cynon Taf for the benefit of local communities – and, following Cabinet’s approval in May, a 14th facility will be delivered in Treorchy. When this facility is delivered, our ambitious commitment to provide a 3G pitch within three miles of every household in Rhondda Cynon Taf will be fulfilled.
“The athletics element of the Bryncelynnog development is also scheduled for completion very soon. Through #RCTinvest, the Council has recently provided significant funding to improve athletics facilities in the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff areas. In Aberdare, the £3m Ron Jones Stadium is very well used by the community, while the King George V site in Clydach Vale is now beginning to transform, with a £500,000 improvement project recently underway.
“During our visit on Wednesday, it was fantastic to meet pupils who now have the opportunity to use the 3G pitch – not only as part of their education, but within community activities too. This latest scheme continues to show the Council delivering upon its commitment to improve its outdoor leisure offer.”
Posted on Thursday 18th July 2019