Blackwood is to benefit from a new state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch thanks to a major funding announcement from Welsh Government.
Caerphilly county borough council submitted a bid for the new 3G facility and the Cabinet Secretary for Education has this week given the scheme the green light using £810,000 funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.
The new pitch will be constructed within the grounds of Blackwood Comprehensive School, which is conveniently located for residents of Blackwood, Cefn Fforest, Pontllanfraith and the surrounding areas.
Cllr Nigel George, Caerphilly’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services said:
“News of this exciting new facility will be widely welcomed and the pitch will provide top quality sports provision for the whole community to enjoy.”
“Importantly, it will also provide an alternative facility and additional capacity following the proposed closure of the nearby Pontllanfraith leisure centre.”
Leader of Council, Cllr Dave Poole added:
“This is a fantastic announcement and demonstrates that we are delivering on our commitment to provide improved local facilities which will benefit the health and well-being of the community. We now look forward to the scheme commencing on site as soon as possible,” he added.
Head of Blackwood Comprehensive Ravi Pawar said:
“I am delighted by the decision to provide a 3G facility for the pupils and community at Blackwood. This 21st century facility will support our mission to be a centre of sporting excellence, with an outstanding provision to match our ambition. We will certainly make the best use of it.”
The money has become available thanks to savings within Caerphilly Council’s ambitious 21st Schools Programme. A number of hugely successful new school developments have been delivered within the £56.5million budget matched funded by Welsh Government 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, including Islwyn High School in Oakdale, Y Gwyndy School in Caerphilly and the new 3-18 campus in Abertysswg.