Picture: The new artificial pitch redevelopment at Pontypridd’s Sardis Road
The Welsh Rugby Union has announced the biggest level of club facility investment to date to improve the sustainability and attractiveness of Welsh rugby clubs.
For the first time in its facilities funding budget, the WRU has ring-fenced a one-off sum of £200 000 across the 16 A Licenced Principality Premiership clubs to continue to improve their on and off field infrastructure. Clubs will be able to apply for grants for qualifying projects, with the potential for the amounts awarded to be increased further by external funding, either sourced by the clubs themselves or with the help of the WRU Club Operations team.
Two one-off amounts of £400 000 have also been made available to the community game in Wales, the first destined to improve the clubs’ off-field infrastructure such as clubhouses, in order to improve their community and family involvement and spectator experience, and the second tranche of funding to improve their playing and training facilities. The improved facilities will help grassroots clubs achieve new ‘Standards’ awarded to clubs to recognise their level of club structure and development, culture and policies, rugby participation and on and off field facilities.
This funding is in addition to £250k in artificial pitch funding recently awarded to Pontypridd Rugby Club by the joint WRU, Hockey Wales, FAW and Sport Wales Collaboration Group as part of the total cost of a new 3G, which includes a £100k WRU loan to the club to enable the project to go ahead.