Gwent Hockey unveil a state of the art playing facility after a hugely successful collaboration project between the governing bodies of the three biggest sports in Wales- FAW, Hockey and Rugby.
Olympic Gold Medallist, GB & England Hockey player Giselle Ansley MBE and GB’s recent call up Welsh Hockey star Dan Kyriakides, officially opened the new facility at Cwmbran Stadium which has been developed to achieve increased participation at all levels of the sport.
The Collaborative Sports Facilities Group identified Gwent as a priority zones or ‘hot spot’ for the development of artificial pitch provision and best practice guidance in the creation, funding and management of this centre.
Hockey Wales, as part of the Collaboration Group, are delighted with the project completion,
“With the advances in demand and technical specification in artificial turf pitches it was essential for a collective approach across each national governing body”,
said Hockey Wales CEO David Phenis.
“With the support of Sport Wales funding, it has been possible to ensure that investment goes to where there is greatest need and impact.
“The Cwmbran project is an excellent example of a true collaborative approach where the funding has provided a state of the art hockey facility for Gwent Hockey Club, in partnership with Torfaen Leisure Trust, to realise their aspirations”.
Tim Miller Gwent Hockey Club Chairman said,
“As a growing club we wanted a facility that would give us the space and the security to continue to expand and to promote the sport of hockey for many years to come.
“After five years of hard work, and with the help and support of Torfaen Leisure Trust, Hockey Wales and Sport Wales, we finally have that facility.
“The relationship that has developed between Gwent Hockey Club, Torfaen Leisure Trust and Hockey Wales throughout this process shows how much can be achieved when sports clubs, leisure trusts, local authorities and governing bodies work together with a single goal in mind”.
“The relationship is continuing to grow as we work on new and exciting projects together to the benefit of all involved”.
Torfaen Leisure Trust has been integral to the development of this project, Sally Church CEO of Torfaen Leisure Trust said,
"We are delighted with the new Hockey Surface at Cwmbran Stadium.
“This project came about as a result of a partnership between Hockey Wales, Gwent Hockey and ourselves.
“The partners worked extremely well together to develop a bid for funding from the Collaboration Group”.
Church commended the effort of all involved in the project,
“We can only praise South Wales Sports Grounds for their great work. We are delighted to host Gwent Hockey at Cwmbran Stadium which is now the home of the Club.
“The other facilities on offer at the Stadium provide added value to the club and to those who come to spectate. We would like to thank our partners and the Collaboration Group -Hockey, Football, Rugby and Sport Wales- for assisting us in providing this fantastic facility to help us get "More People More Active More Often"”, she added.
Olympic Gold Medallist Giselle Ansley MBE said,
“This is a fantastic facility for the region. Something like this that is available for hockey players to develop and grow can only lead to more success”.
Wales’ own GB player Dan Kyriakides said,
“The development of this pitch and these facilities is great for the game of hockey in Wales. The facility will hopefully create a platform to promote the sport in the region to those who haven’t thought about giving hockey a go but also, it’s a new home for Gwent Hockey which will boost the development of the club.”.
Ten primary schools took part in a mini hockey tournament in the afternoon to celebrate the new pitch unveiling.