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The people of Cardiff are set to enjoy a stunning new
indoor sports hall that will cater for a range of sports, in
particular futsal, netball and basketball.
The hall will feature three international-sized futsal
courts, which will complement an adjoining full-size
indoor third generation artificial grass pitch, which
opened in the winter of 2011.
The new hall will enable Cardiff City FC Community
Foundation to deliver a multi-sport development
programme, in partnership with multi-sector local
agencies and focusing on futsal, netball and basketball.
The futsal sports hall will be a unique, first-of-its-kind,
facility inWales.
A PLCFF grant of £350,000 is helping to fund the
development of the facility which will incorporate:
•Two dual-gender changing rooms and match officials’
changing rooms.
• A club coach education learning suite and
meeting room.
• Alterations to form a link to a new building below.
• A new car park with space for 44 vehicles, including
disabled spaces.
The newly-enhanced facilities that the PLCFF grant is
funding will lead to 117% more male users playing sport
at the site each week, whilst a massive 1,111% more
female users will benefit. Once it is opened, the site will
be used for futsal and football around 46% of the time,
basketball 38% and netball 16% of the time.
The futsal centre will also enable the Cardiff City
Foundation to maintain their full-time Futsal and
Education Scholarship Programme that currently runs
9am-4pm Monday to Friday at the @Futsal Centre in
Llanishen, Cardiff. Now in its second year and with over
100 scholars, the programme provides the opportunity
for boys and girls to stay in education, post-16 years of
age, through an extended Level 3 BTEC in Sport and
Excellence (equivalent to three A-Levels), whilst also
providing the opportunity for the scholars to train with
Cardiff City FC coaches, play futsal, represent Cardiff
City in the Football LeagueTrust Futsal League, and gain
futsal coach and referee qualifications.The proposed
facilities will enable the Cardiff City Foundation to
increase the number of scholars on the
programme to 160.
The new facilities will also help project
partner, Cardiff City (House of Sport) Ltd
(CCHoSL), to enable more members of
the community to participate, particularly
amongst groups where participation levels
are low, including women, disabled, black
and minority ethnic groups within the most
disadvantaged communities of areas to the
south of the city of Cardiff.
Steve Borley, Director of Cardiff City
FC, said:
“We anticipate that these new
facilities will be a centre for inspiration,
learning and personal development that
will engage young people. It will improve
their social, physical and psychological
wellbeing through higher levels of
physical activity.
“So this site should also not only provide
opportunities for more young people to
develop their sporting abilities, but also
raise their self-esteem and help them to
acquire new skills and qualifications to take
back into the community.”
The project will also help the Cardiff City
Foundation to deliver :Twilight Futsal/
Ballsport coaching sessions each weeknight;
Cardiff Junior Futsal League Central Venue
Tournaments on weekends; Community
Ball Sport Hub Clubs; Central Venue Ball
Sport Tournaments; Ball Sport Holiday
Camps; and Street Ball events. It will also
cater for disability sport by delivering a
Learning Disability Football and Futsal
session for both adults and juniors;
wheelchair football futsal sessions; blind/
visually-impaired football and futsal sessions;
and wheelchair basketball.
The Cardiff City Foundation will also run
a Futsal Coaching Centre, Futsal Coaching
Development Programmes and Ball Sport
Coaching Programmes.The Cardiff City
Foundation will continue to deliver its
Disability Football Programme: this was
launched in the autumn of 2010 and
includes over 100 registered players aged
4–48 years from across the whole of South
Wales, participating in weekly coaching
sessions catering for specific disability needs,
including residents with Down’s Syndrome,
wheelchair users, deaf and blind users, and
residents with cerebral palsy.
The CCHoSL meanwhile will support
the delivery of a Cardiff City Basketball
Development Plan and the Cardiff City
Foundation will supportWelsh Netball’s
plans to expand the number of teams in the
junior leagues across all age groups, improve
the links between junior and senior netball,
and develop a disability netball hub.
So Cardiff is an example of a PLCFF
project that is not just strengthening links
with football and the community, but
also basketball, netball, futsal and much
more activity besides.We look forward to
reporting back to you once it has opened
its doors to local people!
The Premier League Community Facility Fund
(PLCFF) is continuing to build new local sports
facilities for towns and cities across the country that
also help forge links between professional football
clubs and their local communities.
In the last Issue of ONSIDE we showed you how
the Manchester United,Tottenham Hotspur and
Wigan Athletic PLCFF-funded sites were shaping up.
Here we focus on a stunning new facility that Cardiff
City is developing with the help of a PLCFF grant
– so the programme’s benefits are even being felt
across the border!
stunning new indoor sport hall
Cardiff set to benefit from
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