Anglesey’s first full-size 3G pitch is set to open in the Autumn.
Around £200,000 will be spent on the new floodlit ground at the Plas Arthur Leisure Centre in Llangefni, replacing the current all-weather facility. Councillors agreed last month to back the plans as part of Anglesey Council’s annual budget.
Clubs and groups across the island are now being invited to book training slots on the pitch, which has also won financial support from the Wales Collaborative Sports Facilities Group – including the FAW, the WRU and Sport Wales.
Gerallt Roberts, leisure commercial manager at Anglesey Council said: ”The new 3G facility will allow local clubs and schools to have access to a high quality sports area all-year round, regardless of the weather.”
”We understand that there has been a great deal of frustration at the lack of 3G pitch on the island, and we thank clubs, groups and individuals who have continued to use our facilities during this time.”
There’s already an artificial sports pitch at Bangor City’s Nantporth complex – during the last football season, the club played host to numerous Anglesey League matches, including the title decider between Bryngwran Bulls and Mynydd Tigers in May.
The council says the all-weather pitch at Plas Arthur is coming to the end of its working life – but the replacement will still offer a ”suitable” facility for youth sport activities and nearby Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni.
Councillor Carwyn Jones, member for leisure on the Anglesey Executive, said: ”This significant capital investment clearly highlights our commitment to ensure that high quality leisure facilities are available for all Anglesey residents…the new 3G pitch will also provide all-year round training facilities that the local schools and the whole community can benefit from.”