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Rhondda Cynon Taf set for fun and games thanks to £124,000 grant

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Derelict land in Rhondda Cynon Taf is set to be transformed into a games area for the whole community, thanks to £124,000 from the Welsh Government.
Monday 02 November 2015

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has awarded the grant to Ton Pentre and District Recreation Association (TPDRA) to create a multi-use games area with a 3G synthetic surface, flood lighting and improvements to the car park.

The Community Facilities Programme provides capital grant funding of up to £500,000 to help tackle poverty by creating and improving local facilities.

The new games area and parking spaces will be located next to TPDRA’s existing community centre, which currently offers activities to 600 people every week. The popular centre reopened in April 2013 thanks to previous Welsh Government funding of £294,000.

The games area will give people of all ages in Rhondda Cynon Taf the opportunity to take part in sport and become more active, and is expected to boost the number of people using the centre by 350 every week. At least 150 children will play football on the pitch each week, while older people will be able to take part in physical exercise suiting their mobility, such as walking football.

TPDRA works very closely with the Upper Rhondda Communities First Cluster to provide jobs, training and skills courses at the centre. Communities First will use the new outside space to engage more young people in these existing courses, as well as offering new courses in Sports Fitness, First Aid in Sport and Coaching skills. It will also use the outdoor facilities to provide play services for children while their parents are undertaking training courses.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“I am delighted to announce funding of £124,000 for Ton Pentre and District Recreation Association.

“The charity truly serves its community, providing quality services and support to local people. The new games area will enable the charity to expand its work further, throwing open its doors to even more people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“The games area will give local people of all ages the opportunity to be healthy and active – and importantly, to have fun!”

Andrew Jones TPDRA Vice Chairman said:

“We would like to thank the Welsh Government for their continuing support. The new project is set to make a real difference to the local community.”



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