The club has a master plan for the further development of the playing facilities. This was initially produced in 2014 and was reviewed, updated and endorsed by the club trustees in February 2023. Since embarking on the improvement programme, we have completed the following projects along with a range of smaller improvement works:
Knock Field Stage 1 infrastructure improvement (2018)
This stage of the development received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which was funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Match funding of 20% of the cost was provided through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). This was an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs used this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. We are grateful for the support of Potters Landfill for our LCF funding. The Stage 1 work was completed in 2018 and consisted of the following:
- extensions to both Pitch 1 and the Mini/Junior pitch
- installation of pitch side coach shelters for Pitch 1
- provision of benched terrace seating for spectators overlooking Pitch 1
- installation of a Klargester sewage treatment and disposal facility
- provision of 3 phase power and a power cabinet to the site
- construction of a wider entrance gateway and visibility splay
- installation of a bunded fuel store
- culverting of a deep drainage ditch around the site
- reconfiguration of the car parking area
- construction of fencing around the mini/junior playing area
- provision of ball stop nets for Senior Pitch 1 (fully funded by the Landfill Community Fund)
Pitch 3 Car Park and road crossing to Pitch 2 (2018)
Work was undertaken at Pitch 3 in October 2018 to provide an off-road car park and safe access for pedestrians to both Pitches 2 and 3, with associated fencing and gateways. This addressed a safety concern about parking on the highway. The work was funded by the Landfill Community Fund, Lamboro Farm Ltd., Wiston Community Council, Welsh Water Community Scheme and club project funds.
Knock Field Portakabin Club Room (2020)
In March 2020 a 3 room Portakabin office was donated to the club by a GP Practice at Cardigan Health Centre and replaced a portakabin changing room building that was in poor condition. This now provides a temporary changing area for mini and junior footballers, a kit storeroom and a small club room for match day activities and meetings. Full commissioning of this new facility has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions
Knock Field further site infrastructure and car park works (2020)
In October/November 2020 a contract was delivered to clear the undeveloped north section of the Knock Field site to create additional car parking, culvert the remaining section of drainage ditch and extend utility services to the development site for future changing rooms and a tractor garage and to the location of a portable toilet facility. The work was part funded by the FAW Trust, Club and Community Facilities Fund and the Pembrokeshire County Council Enhancing Pembrokeshire Fund, with the remainder being met from club project funds.
Knock Field Toilet Block (2020)
In November 2020 we acquired a second hand toilet block, inclusive of disability facilities. This has been installed near to the site entrance and connected to services installed as part of the further site infrastructure works. Further work is planned to install hot water hand washing facilities, to be funded from a Localgiving “Magic Little Grant” awarded in May 2021.
Knock Field Tractor Garage (2021)
In November 2021 a new Tractor Garage and Storeroom building was constructed at our Knock Field site. This was part funded by a further grant from the Pembrokeshire County Council Enhancing Pembrokeshire fund with the balance from club funds. Completion of this project will allow for the removal of an existing garage that no longer meets our needs and the development of an outdoor area adjacent to the Club Room as a meeting and events area for both club members and the local community.
We have revised our ambitions for the future, based on changes that have occurred since our original vision was set out in 2014, and having regard to the foreseeable funding climate. We still aspire to the construction of a new changing room building at Knock Field and this has becoming more pressing given the continued growth in membership of the club. Our modified plan is to develop a lower cost building and we hope to start developing grant applications and fundraising soon.
We also wish, as the following priority, to convert our mini/junior pitch to a floodlit, all weather facility to give greater flexibility for training sessions and to reduce the number of postponements of games that take place during the winter due to adverse weather and waterlogged pitches.
Our modified ground masterplan can be viewed through the following link:
Our full Facilities Development Strategy may be accessed through the following link:
We are keen to receive any ideas about how our improved facilities could be used by, or in partnership with, the wider community; not just for football but any other activities that may contribute to local wellbeing and social cohesion. We have representatives from the Community Council (Thomas Bevan) and our County Councillor (David Howlett) on our Development Steering Group. Please contact Thomas, David or any trustees if you wish to put forward any ideas for consideration.
Our Ground Development Plans
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