£3m Ynys Facility Completed

The finishing touches are being put on the £3m Ynys athletic facility in Aberdare, as the Labour Council continues to deliver on the commitment to help develop a “healthy and active RCT” through investment in leisure and outdoor sports facilities. The Council has also announced that the hire of the facility will be free until October 12th.

Earlier this year, the Labour-led Council also announced plans to invest in a new athletics facilities in Taff Ely (Beddau) and carry out feasibility works in the Rhondda (Tonypandy).  The investment has already been earmarked for Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School, whilst the Council will look to secure similar plans for the King George V field, with further information communicated once more details are announced.

The Ynys investment forms part of the wider £67m Education and Leisure investment in the Sobell Development, which has seen the delivery of the state-of-the-art Aberdare Community School, the new Sobell Leisure Centre, an all-weather 3G sports pitch and a skate park as part of the huge investment at the Ynys site.

The Ynys facility, which will be also be used by Aberdare Community School pupils for PE lessons, comes with a brand new 263-seat spectator stand and changing rooms. Further work will be carried out to mark out pitches on the field element, meaning that the venue can host both football matches and field athletics.

Labour Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “Over the past weeks and months, the new £3m athletics track has continued to transform, with excellent progress on its construction. I recently visited the completed facility, and it is a fantastic addition to the £67m Sobell site, which presents a number of indoor and outdoor exercise opportunities for residents in the Cynon Valley.

“The athletics facility is one of the best of its kind in South Wales, and will be named in due course. It was recently handed over to the Council and will be free to hire for local clubs until the official opening day on October 12th.

“The Labour-led Council recently announced plans to build an athletics track around the new 3G pitch for Beddau, and we intend to further invest in the existing King George V track in Tonypandy, which would give the three main regions of the County Borough – Rhondda, Cynon Valley and Taff Ely – a modern athletics facility to enjoy.

“The Aberdare facility will host training sessions for local clubs as well as athletics meets, while the field can also be marked up for football – continuing the past tradition of hosting regional football matches and local cup finals.

“This investment continues our commitment to improve Leisure facilities, with more than £6m spent in recent years. This includes funding to increase outdoor exercise opportunities, as we continue to deliver on our ambition to build a 3G sports pitch within three miles of every household in RCT. The latest two pitches are being delivered in September 2018, in Porth and Ferndale.”