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Kick-off for new £1m all-weather 3G pitches

It's kick-off time for two new state-of-the-art all-weather pitches in Swansea.


Work on the new 3G facilities at Morriston and Penyrheol has been completed and they are now open for use.

As well as providing first class surfaces for the neighbouring comprehensive schools they are also available for rent by sports clubs for football and rugby training and matches.

It is hoped they will help reduce the number of matches cancelled in Swansea due to bad weather.

Together they represent an investment of almost £1m by Swansea Council, supported by the All Wales Collaboration Fund.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Swansea has a long and proud history of developing top class footballers and rugby players and these pitches will help continue that tradition.

"But they are not just there for the elite, we hope they will be widely used by grassroots clubs and widen the access to sporting facilities for girls and boys as well as senior players."

The new pitches at Morriston and Penyrheol are flood-lit so can be used night and day whatever the weather. The latest technology means the playing surfaces are suitable for competitive football and full contact rugby.

They are managed by the respective leisure centres who will handle bookings for people looking to use them.

The pitches were officially opened by Cllr Francis-Davies and Swansea City AFC legend Lee Trundle.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to deliver these fantastic new sporting facilities in line with our commitment to ensure people in Swansea of all ages have the opportunity to play and enjoy sport.

"These pitches represent a significant investment, but I know how eagerly awaited they have been and how much school pupils and sports clubs are looking forward to using them.

"We will be announcing the next phase of 3G pitch investment so even more communities can benefit in the coming months."

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