CENTRAL Wales football facilities will reap the rewards of a £58,000 investment as part of the Football Association of Wales Trust (FAWT) Welsh Ground Improvements scheme.
The annual grant scheme has changed the face of Welsh football stadiums since its inception nine years ago with seven Mid Wales League clubs sharing in the 2017 funding which will go toward improving their facilities.
Among them is three Radnorshire clubs with first division Knighton Town receiving £15,000 to upgrade floodlights at Bryn-Y-Castell while league leaders Rhayader Town have been granted £8,000 to install new dug outs, repair its stand roof and upgrade plumbing at the Weirglodd.
Meanwhile second division side Presteigne St Andrews have also been allocated £7,000 to install a new boiler for showers at Llanandras Park.
Other beneficiaries include Berriew, Kerry, Four Crosses and Borth United who have all been successful in their grant applications.
Knighton Town chairman Gary Cooper expressed delight at the news and confirmed work would begin at the end of the current season as the East Radnor club strive to attain new tier two criteria which will come into force at the end of the 2018 season.
“We are very pleased with the second phase of our grant money coming through which will be a massive bonus for the club next season,” said Cooper.
“It is a great boost for the next generation of players coming to Knighton Town Football Club having new state of the art floodlights which will benefit the club massively and will help attract even more players with what is already an excellent playing surface.
“It is also another step in the right direction for our club who have made massive strides both on and off the pitch in the last two seasons . We look forward to getting our work started on installing the new floodlights as soon as this season is finished.”
Meanwhile Rhayader Town Football Club also celebrated the news.
”The club is pleased the FAWT has backed our ambition in committing to reach full tier two status,” said spokesman Dai Davies. “This matches our ambitions as a club to bring the facilities up to the desired levels to play at the highest level we can.
”As we have said all along we are ambitious as a club and have taken massive steps this year by linking with the Rhayader Town Juniors and providing two senior teams compromising of the best young and promising talent Mid Wales has to offer.
”Having an infrastructure in place and the financial ability to develop the stadia facilities is only going to keep attracting the best young and local players to Rhayader. We are looking forward to redeveloping the Weirglodd.”