Spamen set to fight for ground funding


Gavin Grosvenor

LLANDRINDOD Wells Football Club have launched a campaign to bring a 3G facility to Radnorshire.

The county town club has called upon all sports clubs in the county to back their calls to improve sports provision in the region with the installation of a state of the art artificial surface.

Club chairman Nigel Thomas is leading the campaign which follows growing anger at the club’s perceived snub in the Football Association of Wales (FAW) annual Welsh Ground Improvement (WGI) scheme for two successive years.

The club has expressed growing fears its long standing shortage of facilities has not been accepted by the FAW.

Presently the club has two senior sides as well as a junior set-up and one of the fastest growing girls sections in the area.

Thomas said: “I have received a letter from the FAW Trust who administer the WGI funding stating the allocation for Mid Wales League One was £37,500 with applications totalling £149,456 which in their opinion highlights the extremely difficult task in deciding who benefits from the allocation.

“They dispute any discrimination against Llandrindod Wells Football Club and the reason no funding was awarded is entirely due to trying to balance the amount of funds available to the amount of applications received.

“I understand there are limited funds but the response is not adequate and I will continue with the official complaint process until Llandrindod Wells Football Club and Mid Wales football are treated equally and in line with other areas of Wales.

“The club’s only aim is to create a legacy for future generations to enjoy and to do that we cannot allow ourselves to be treated like second class citizens.

“I call all football, hockey and rugby cubs based around Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Rhayader, Knighton, Newbridge and Presteigne to come together to get a synthetic pitch installed in Llandrindod Wells.

“This is the ideal strategic location for all and would create a legacy for generations to come.”

The club has received a boost with £5,000 awarded from the Tesco Bags of Help fund which will go toward vital drainage work on the club’s junior pitch.

Thomas said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted for the club. Such support is very much appreciated and comes at the right time after the discrimination shown to the the club by biased officials representing Welsh football.

“These officials should be ashamed of themselves as once again it takes local people to stand up for the good of our community as having to rely on the FAW appears to be a complete waste of time.”

The County Times contacted the Football Association of Wales (FAW) for a response but at the time of going to press on Wednesday had failed to reply.

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