Merthyr Town FC get new stadium sponsor
Miller Argent, who operate the Ffos-y-fran opencast mine just a few miles away from the ground, will sponsor the new development.
Work began in April and is expected to be completed by March 2016.
As well as an extension to the clubhouse to build a function hall for up to 120 people, there will also be hospitality boxes and new dressing rooms, a refurbished stand, redeveloped offices and an improved entrance with new turnstiles.
A new 100-space car park will also be built on the grounds of the former social club – an extra 40 spaces than what the ground originally had.
The project has also been awarded £1.8m from the Welsh Government ’s Viable and Vibrant Places (VVP) programme, which is investing a total of around £12.8m in a range of regeneration projects to improve Merthyr Tydfil town centre.
The club plays a significant role in community activities in the area, including a football academy for local youngsters, an under 14s and under 16s team, a veterans’ team, a disabled team, and, most recently, a walking football team.
The club also has plans to start a ladies team next season, hold fitness events and summer youth activities.
Neil Brown, managing director of Miller Argent, said: “Merthyr Town Football Club is a shining example of a club that is run for the people, by the people.
“We are an extremely proud sponsor of the club’s new stadium and we are sure that this development will only serve to further enable the club to expand and build on its prize winning community activities.”
Rob Price, chief executive of the club, said: “Merthyr Town Football Club is distinctive in that it is owned by the local community and is operated specifically for the benefit of the community. We are not just about first team football.
“The club offers a wide range of leisure activities that seek to be inclusive to all, allowing members of the community the opportunity to not only participate and enjoy the game, but also to access the club for wider leisure and social activities
“We are tremendously proud of our achievements and this award is testimony to the valuable work of our local volunteers from across Merthyr Tydfil. Without their invaluable help, we wouldn’t be the award-winning club that we are.”
Council leader Brendan Toomey said: “The funding from the VVP Programme, following a grant of £500,000 from the Ffos-y-fran Community Benefit Fund for a new all-weather 3G pitch, will help turn the club into a high quality leisure facility deserving of the Martyrs, their loyal supporters and the whole community.”