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Cardiff City House of Sport Phase Two Launched

Wed 10th Apr 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The Cardiff City House of Sport opened to the public in 2010 as a Premier League standard training, coaching and education facility for the Cardiff City FC Academy, the Capital City of Wales and surrounding areas. This established facility is proud to be unveiling the second stage in its overall innovative development programme - the House of Sport II (HoSII).

This fantastic training centre will be the home for Cardiff City FC Community & Education Foundation and its Community based programmes. The launch of the House of Sport II taking place on Wednesday 10th April and will be officially opened by Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Education and Skills. Present for the launch will be Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Steve Borley, Malky Mackay, Simon Lim, players Craig Bellamy and Ben Nugent, along with representatives from Cardiff City Football Club, the Premier League, Sport Wales, Cardiff & Vale College and Football Academy and Futsal scholars.

Malky Mackay, Cardiff City Football Club manager recently spoke about the impact Cardiff City House of Sport has already had on the club, as well as the local community, saying: “The launch of House of Sport II here in Cardiff is fantastic news for the local community. The House of Sport has proven an exceptional and invaluable facility to my staff and players over the past eighteen months and we’ve seen firsthand why local groups, sports clubs and colleges - including our friends and colleagues at Cardiff and Vale - have taken to playing and working there.”

The new £2m facility, supported by the £350,000 Premier League Community Facility Fund and a £50,000 Sport Wales grant, provides youngsters the opportunity to take part in Futsal Coaching sessions and various sports development programmes. The Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF), funded by the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation, is investing £18m over three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country. The Fund is open to all football club community-led organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, including the Conference North and South Divisions. Cardiff City are the first non-Premier League club to benefit from funding for their new facility.

The new PLCFF-enhanced sites, such as Cardiff’s HoSII, also help to strengthen links between professional football clubs and their communities, becoming venues for the clubs’ outreach work.

Malky Mackay commented on how crucial the second facility will be on furthering the development of talented youngsters within the Welsh Capital, saying: “I’ve no doubt that House of Sport II will prove equally attractive to Cardiff’s sporting community, especially in its catering for Futsal which has an incredible effect on young players honing their touch and skills. I’d like to pay compliment to Steve Borley and his staff, and again, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and our Malaysian partner Berjaya for continuing their development of an outstanding, multi-functional facility. We’re very lucky to have the House of Sport on our doorsteps.”

While the facility will be used by Cardiff City FC as well as the club’s Community and Education Foundation programme, the complex will enable a whole host of sporting groups within the region to benefit from the same level of quality experienced by those who train within the existing 3G facility. With the addition of immaculate polyurethane flooring, the brand new 63m x 42m arena will be suitable to accommodate further sporting activities to include futsal, basketball, netball, handball, softball, racquet sports and disability sports.

Posted by: Dan Carson

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