Posted: Tue 3rd Feb 2015

Football Association of Wales select gap Connah’s Quay for new state-of-the-art 3G pitches.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015

gap Connah’s Quay officials and players are celebrating another club milestone today after the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced they have been selected for new State-of-the-art 3G artificial pitches at a new facility close to the Deeside stadium.

Following lengthy negotiations with the FAW, Flintshire Council and Connah’s Quay High School, the Nomads revealed they have been successful with their pitch funding bid.

The FAW Project 3G will see four clubs across Wales benefit from £1.4m of funding from the FAW and the UEFA Hat Trick Programme which will see new FIFA Synthetic 3G pitches laid at facilities throughout Wales.

An agreement between the Nomads, Flintshire Council and Connah’s Quay High School will see a new facility constructed at Connah’s Quay High School on Golftyn Lane, it will include a new full size pitch with the same dimensions as the first team home pitch, three 7-a-side markings and two 9-a-side markings. Additionally, there will be six mini goals and two portable full size goals as well as dug outs.

The new facility will allow all age groups at The Nomads to train on a perfect playing surface all year round, all of The Nomads U19 games will be played on this pitch which will allow the Deeside Stadium pitch to be kept in perfect condition for Welsh Premier League games.

The pitches will also be available for community use.

FAW President, Trefor Lloyd-Hughes said

“I am delighted to confirm, on behalf of the FAW, that the UEFA Hat-Trick 3G project will be developed within the community of Gap Connah’s Quay Football Club.

The investment from the FAW is £350,000 and will be a facility that the club, its academy and especially the community will be proud of.”

The Nomads’ First Team Assistant Manager and Academy Director Jay Catton, has been a key member of the Club’s team involved in the negotiations, said:

“After 18 months of work behind the scenes including putting the bid together, meetings with school and local authorities we finally received confirmation of our successful application in gaining a brand new 3G pitch for the football club.

Committee members John and Roma Gray have been crucial to this bid being successful and deserve a lot of the plaudits for this along with the massive and ongoing backing and financial support from Gary Dewhurst and gap personnel, who continue to commit hugely not just to ourselves but football in Wales.”

Catton continued

“This is the biggest step forward for the Club in its history and will ensure the Club is financially secure for the future and more importantly give our academy players and local junior players an unbelievable facility to ensure all training sessions and games can be played to the highest standards, and a venue we can all call home.”

To have a facility which, although will be trained on by our first team, is ultimately a home and base for our academy and youth junior football teams in the Flintshire area is going to be so exciting and we hope it will become the biggest hub of junior football and most used facility in the whole of Wales.

As well as the football club and local junior and senior clubs using the facility the new facility ground will be used every school day by Connah’s Quay High School and their near 1000 students.  It will be used not only for football but other sports as part of the PE curriculum.  This along with community use will make this one of the most used 3G facilities on the country.”

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