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 Berriew Football Club who have received £17,700 toward the installation of a new 100 seater stand.
Kerry and Four Crosses have also received £3,700 each to install spectator barriers at their grounds while Borth United have been granted £2,900 to install hard standing.
Meanwhile Knighton Town have also been granted £15,000 to upgrade floodlights at Bryn-Y-Castell with Rhayader Town allocated $8,000 to install new dug outs, repair its stand and upgrade its plumbing.
Presteigne St Andrews complete the list of Mid Wales beneficiaries with a £7,000 grant to install a new boiler for showers at Llanandras Park.
Berriew manager Dave Jones was delighted with the grant which will help the club press ahead with its plans to upgrade Talbot Field to new tier two criteria by the end of next season.
“We are delighted to receive a grant of £17,700 towards the erection of a new 100 seater stand,” said Jones. “The club is ambitious both on and off the pitch with the aim of hopefully attaining Huws Gray Alliance football in the next few years.
“In order to do so we will need to achieve the FAW Tier 2 Licensing criteria which becomes mandatory in April 2018 and this funding will of course help us towards this target.
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.
“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 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.”
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