There are many exciting activities and events in Llandudno but there’s little opportunity at present for locals to play one the oldest and most popular sports around: football. However, this could all be about to change.
Currently, there is a pitch in the town which is used for the local football club but it’s not often suitable for public use. Llandudno FC are trying to change this by introducing a new “3G” pitch in the place of the current traditional turf at Maesdu Park stadium.
The estimated £500,000 build will primarily be in use for the official football team but the main idea is for it be used by juniors as well as some local schools. Part-funded by the Football Association of Wales, Sports Council for Wales and Conwy County Borough Council, the planners and the club itself are hoping to turn the coastal town into a “football hub”.
Chairman of Llandudno FC Clive Rushton has been quoted as saying: “It really is a massive step forward, not only for the club but for the whole community, in that we can now open up the club to schools, local junior clubs and leagues and all those various groups within Llandudno that would look to play football no matter what their standard or age group.
“It gives us the opportunity now to create a real football hub in Llandudno.”
The new build will also provide an incentive for girls to become more invested in football, claims Dorothy Langley, General Manager of Llandudno FC.
“From a community perspective, it opens up all sorts of opportunities,” she said.
“It now gives us a chance for example to work with the local education authority in terms of developing Llandudno school children both in and out of school time. We have a venue to be proud of, and we believe that what we have achieved at Llandudno FC will be of huge benefit to the community for many years to come.”
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