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Three sports facilities in North Wales will be upgraded following a successful application for the £5million Welsh Government Sport Facilities Capital Loan Scheme.

The scheme was introduced as a pilot to provide local authorities with an opportunity to apply for a loan.

The loan was interest-free and repayable normally within a period of up to 10 years commencing from the 2015-16 financial year. Local authorities could apply for up to a maximum of £1m.

We have said in our Programme for Government that that we will widen access and encourage greater participation in sport with programmes targeted at increasing physical activity.

This scheme will help local authorities to support the development and provision of local sport and recreation facilities that:

  • are modern, inclusive, attractive and accessible
  • meet local needs
  • are efficient and effective in raising participation levels in sport and physical activity
  • maximise the use of the outdoors and the natural environment.

Scheme progress

In March 2015 each of the 22 local authorities received an invitation to submit an expression of interest for the Sports Facilities Capital Loan Scheme. Eight local authorities submitted Expressions of Interest and seven of these were invited to submit a full application. At the end of the full application stage, 3 applications from Wrexham, Conwy and Cardiff Councils remained in the process.

Ministers have agreed to offer loans to each of these authorities with values of between £432,000 to £1million.

Successful pilot scheme local authorities

Conwy

The establishment of  additional facilities at Eirias Park:

  • a 3G football/rugby pitch
  • artificial bowling green
  • a hydrotherapy pool
  • a multi-purpose activity room, and
  • dedicated ATP hockey surface. 
Wrexham

Remodelling of Waterworld Leisure and Activity Centre and Chirk Leisure and Activity Centre. This includes a new studio and improved larger fitness space at Chirk and an expanded state-of-the-art fitness facility at Waterworld.

Cardiff

The carpeting of existing hard court sites which are tired and mostly redundant spaces, to create a 5 aside 3G pitch and a 7 aside 3G pitch at Trelai Park, Ely and the Marl, Grangetown respectively.