We are delighted to announce the completion of work on the first stage of our Ground Development Project for our Knock Field site. Over the summer of 2018 we completed the following work;
Improved surface water drainage
Improved access from the highway
Improved car parking
Improved (extended) football pitches
Improved security (entrance gates)
Spectator terrace seating
Secure fuel/chemical storage
Improved (3 phase) power supply
Septic tank and drainage field
New ball stop nets
We also purchased a new tractor and mower to maintain the site.
This project received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is 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 is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling landfill operators to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. We are grateful for the support of local landfill operator, Potters Waste Management for our LCF funding.
These improvements have enabled us to move on to planning and fundraising for Stage 2 of our programme. Completion of the scheme has also helped us in the short term to increase recruitment of young footballers and increase spectator attendance. The improved facilities have improved the capability of the club to host football festivals, disability football and Pembrokeshire league cup games as a neutral venue, as well as continuing to host other community events.
The formal opening ceremony took place on Saturday 29th September 2018 when Roger Wood, Chairman of the West Wales Football Association cut the tape to open the improved facilities along with invited guests from funders, sponsors, contractors, club trustees, members and volunteers.
The club wishes to than the following contractors who were involved in the scheme:
W.A Spees Architects Feasibility study and planning application
M W Surveys Site level surveys
Roger Casey Associates Detailed design work
Pembroke Design Ltd QS and Manging Surveyor services
G.D Harries Main civil engineering contractor
Total Building Control Building regulations services
Tamstar Ltd Supply of coach shelters
TJB Electricals Electrical services
Alphafence Supplier and installer of ball stop nets
J.E. Lawrence Supplier of tractor and mower
AIRLENSE Aerial photography
We are also grateful to the following advisors and project supporters
WCVS (Social investment Cymru)
Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services
Steering Committee members (Cllr David Holwett; Community Cllr Tom Bevan and PCC Sports Development Officer Angela Miles).
Registered Charity Number: 1163455
Stage 1 Ground Improvement Scheme Completion
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