Members of the Trust board were invited to the official opening of the new House of Sport facilities last week, along with dignatories from Cardiff council , representatives of the firms involved in its construction, the media, players including Craig Bellamy and Jay Bothroyd, ex-Academy players including Adam Matthews and manager Dave Jones. Also present of course was Steve Borley, who has been instrumental in the whole House of Sport development.
The new House of Sport facility is extremely impressive , especially as it was built in the incredibly short time scale of 14 weeks. Not only is there a full size 60m x 40 m 3G artificial pitch playing area (the most up to date available) , but also changing , shower and toilet facilities , a parents` viewing area , a break-out refreshment area and a teaching/coaching room facility as well as ancilliary office accomodation.
The facility is available not just for CCFC Academy use to enable the club`s Academy status to be preserved, but also for community use by local clubs and organisations. On opening day, there were a number of schools competing in a Community Cup competition.
The Trust is proud to have been asked to be involved in working with Steve and the CCFC Community teams to explore how to maximise the benefit of these facilities for the local community. Watch this space for further developments.