Westminster, 25 March 2022
Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has welcomed the news that Old Colwyn’s Ysgol Bryn Elian is to receive more than £180,00 funding from HM Government to improve sports facilities at the school.
The grant of £180,750 will fund the conversion of an old sand-based pitch at the Bryn Elian grassroots facility into a new 3G surface, allowing it to be used all year round. Replacement of the floodlights will allow the school to expand its sports provision and cater for the increasing demand for facilities locally, including girls’ football and disability sports. A further £50,000 is being provided out of the school’s own resources.
The funding is part of an initial £1.3 million of UK Government funding for sporting improvements, as part of a major commitment to levelling up access to physical activity across the country.
17 projects across Wales will receive funding to create and improve pitches, changing rooms and pavilions, so that more local communities can access high-quality facilities. The grant to Bryn Elian is the second largest in Wales.
Projects have been chosen for their ability to deliver improved facilities in deprived areas, support multi-sport use and increase participation among currently under-represented groups, including women, girls and disabled players.
The funding, combined with contributions from clubs and other local partners, will improve the quality of community facilities, bring people together to enjoy playing sport in their local area, regenerate communities and enhance social cohesion.
It forms part of a £25 million UK-wide investment in grassroots facilities during this financial year, out of a total of £230 million set to be invested to help to build or upgrade up to 8,000 quality pitches across the UK over the next four years. The funding will also support the construction or refurbishment of clubhouses, changing facilities and community buildings.
The Football Association of Wales is delivering the programme on behalf of the UK Government in Wales.
David Jones MP said:
“Grassroots football is hugely important to communities, providing sporting opportunities and health and social benefits to local children and adults.
“I am delighted that HM Government is making this investment at Bryn Elian. It will provide a state-of-the-art facility for pupils and the wider sporting community and will be a very important local asset.”