WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis(right) and Cllr Allan Pritchard(centre) leader of Caerphilly Council with Joe Lydon, Head of Rugby Performance and Development with the WRU at the site of the proposed new development
The WRU has given its backing to ambitious plans to build a £6m centre for sporting excellence in Ystrad Mynach.
Set in the heart of the South Wales valleys, the proposals were announced yesterday where WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis joined Caerphilly county council leader Allan Pritchard and key sporting representatives in the unveiling of the project.
Plans would see two 3G artificial pitches developed at Ystrad Mynach for football and rugby with lighting, stands, terracing, car parking and a gym all on the blueprint.
Mr Lewis said, "It's a pleasure for the WRU to be sitting along Caerphilly county council and the FAW. In these changing times we have to be working together.
"The project is an exemplar of how we can work together from elite to grassroots. We totally support and endorse this ambition."
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