Anglesey’s first 3G pitch has been opened by Ryan Giggs.
The Wales manager was on hand with his assistant, Osian Roberts, to open the £200,000 facility at Llangefni’s Plas Arthur leisure centre on Thursday.
The 3G pitch, a replacement for the centre’s all-weather surface, has already been in use by local sports clubs and groups from across Anglesey over the past month.
A number of key Welsh sporting organisations have helped provide funding for the project – including the FAW, the WRU, Hockey Wales and Sport Wales.
Gerallt Roberts, leisure commercial manager with Anglesey Council, said: ”Our new 3G facility is allowing local clubs, schools and local communities access to a high quality sports and training area all-year round, regardless of the weather. It will also provide a suitable all-weather pitch for the nearby secondary school and sporting activities for children from all over the island.”
”All-weather 3G pitches have many advantages over grass surfaces. They do not deteriorate during periods of bad weather, enabling clubs to continue training when, in the past, they could not.”
”The 3G surface will also help ease problems with fixture schedules by reducing the number of postponed matches, which was an issue earlier this year.”
The new facility is also likely to come in handy for clubs who have had to cross to the mainland to use the 3G facility at Bangor City’s Nantporth ground – a regular venue for Anglesey League football matches.
Councillor Carwyn Jones, the council’s member for leisure, said: ”We were delighted to welcome Ryan and Osian to Llangefni this morning; and grateful to both for taking time out of their busy schedules to be here. It was a real honour to have both of them here to officially open our new 3G facility, which has been supported by the FAW.”
”This significant capital investment clearly highlights our commitment to ensuring that high quality leisure facilities are available for all Anglesey residents.”
Giggs’ appearance was his first in public after his first year in charge of Wales ended with back-to-back defeats. He was particularly critical of his players after Tuesday night’s 1-0 friendly defeat in Albania, saying they were too complacent and that they got what they deserved.
In Llangefni, both Giggs and Roberts presented the medals for a special mini-football tournament for year 7 boys and girls to mark the opening of the pitch. The winning schools were Ysgol David Hughes from Menai Bridge and Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni.