There’s no news like excellent news

23 12 2013

On Saturday Bangor City made a fantastic announcement.

“Bangor City Football club is set to move into a new, exciting stage of its development as the final piece of a funding jigsaw has fallen into place.

City Chairman Dilwyn Jones has confirmed that a financial package is now available to pay for the building of a 3G artificial pitch at the Club’s The Book People stadium as well as to enhance existing facilities at the ground.

‘It is has been a long, hard road, ‘ said Dilwyn Jones, ‘but thanks to funders including Bangor City Football Club, the Football Association of Wales, Bangor University, Bangor City Council, Sport Wales and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action we can now move forward with confidence.

‘This strong partnership, which also involves our Supporters’ Association and other community groups, is set to bring forward a scheme that will enhance community involvement in sporting activity, serve as an educational centre, and develop the standard of football in north west Wales.

“We also expect the project to bring employment, improve tourism and encourage business in the region.”

Welcoming developments, Clerk to the City of Bangor Council Gwyn Hughes said, “I am delighted to see that this project can now proceed. It will be a very welcome addition to the Bangor area.

“Looking at the involvement both of the local community, and the expertise of the partners involved, I have no doubt that the project will be a great success.
The City of Bangor Council fully supports the scheme and is delighted to contribute financially to it.”

Richard Bennett, Director of Sport and Leisure at Bangor University, said, “This is another positive step as we continue to cement the relationship between Bangor University and Bangor City FC. The new 3G pitch will ease the pressure on our own resources and will be an excellent facility not only for university teams but for the wider sporting community in North West Wales.

“This project is also another stage towards our working more closely with Bangor City on a number of fronts, involving the world-leading expertise in our academic School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science.”

“All being well’, concluded Dilwyn Jones, “we expect construction work to begin early in the New Year”.

Just in case we had been stunned into disbelief, a second story appeared the next day;

“Welcoming major investment by the Football Association of Wales and Bangor University into Bangor City’s Book People Stadium, City Chairman Dilwyn Jones says that he can’t wait for building work to get started.

“This facility will not only benefit Bangor City but will also benefit the City and the wider community. We want this facility to be a focal point for football, to develop skills but more importantly to give everyone the chance to play the game on a fantastic surface.”

In addition to a new 3G artificial training pitch, the project includes extension to the main stand and installation of an education suite, construction of a supporters’ terrace and other ground enhancements.

Announcing the Football Association of Wales’ £350,000 investment in the project, FAW President Trefor Lloyd Hughes said, “This is a major investment in the future of football here in Wales. We are delighted that Bangor City, one of our biggest clubs has bought into the scheme.

“We hope that this announcement here today is he first of many and shows the FAW’s commitment to improving facilities throughout the country.”

In announcing Bangor University’s £150,000 investment, Richard Bennett, Director of Sport and Leisure at Bangor University said, “This is another positive step as we continue to cement the relationship between Bangor University and Bangor City FC. The new 3G pitch will ease the pressure on our own resources and will be an excellent facility not only for university teams but for the wider sporting community in North West Wales.

“This project is also another stage towards our working more closely with Bangor City on a number of fronts, involving the world-leading expertise in our academic School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science.”

Dilwyn Jones also thanked other funding organisations, including Bangor City FC Supporters’ Association, the City of Bangor Council, Sport Wales, and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, who all played vital parts in bringing the project to fruition.

“I expect work to start early in the New Year, probably at the beginning of February.”

This news is very exciting from every conceivable angle but it’s particularly pleasing from the community angle. A Bangor message board user got it right when he said that these developments not only highlight what can be achieved when a football club shows solidarity at all levels but also what can happen when a community and a football club work in harmony.

With December 2013’s football news full of irritating club owners it’s reassuring to know that there is another way of doing things.

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