Cardiff City have been given the green light to begin construction on a huge new site in Llanrumney which will become the club's new academy home.
The Bluebirds teamed up with Cardiff Council and Cardiff University to drum up the idea for a top-end sports site to serve not only Cardiff City FC, but local Llanrumney sports clubs as well as the university's sports teams.
The 16-acre complex, where Cardiff City's academy will be based, will include a tier-two 3G football facility, a floodlit, 3G, IRB-standard rugby pitch and another dual floodlit football and rugby pitch which will have pitch markings for both sports.
There will also be learning facilities included in the construction, with the plan to take over the old Doctor Who building and create a learning environment with classrooms for the youngsters who attend college.
The two-storey building will include offices, a lecture theatre, canteen, changing rooms and a gym. The building will also house an indoor academy-standard 3G training pitch, in addition to five full-size grass pitches, a 3G tier-two standard pitch and a goalkeeper-specific training area.
The community facilities will occupy where the old Llanrumney High School playing fields are and will include a new building with changing facilities for the Llanrumney-based sports teams.
This is the latest development in the club's big push to reinvigorate their academy.
It is no secret that, on the field, the club's youth teams have performed outstandingly well this season. The under-23s have lost only one of their 12 Professional Development League 2 games and hold an 11-point advantage at the top of the table.
The impressive work being done on the grass has translated into tangible successes at first-team level, too, with a glut of youngsters having been promoted into the first team over the last 18 months and are thriving. Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris, Tom Sang, Isaak Davies, Sam Bowen and Joel Bagan are just some examples.
Bluebirds chief executive Ken Choo said this is yet another step being taken to ensure this recent success is not just a flash in the pan, but a sustainable means of ensuring the club's production line is healthy in the longer term.
Choo said: "The Llanrumney project is particularly exciting, with it also re-establishing a base for Cardiff City FC within the city limits itself.
"This state-of-the-art complex will provide a sustainable base for our academy for years to come, helping us ensure quality and consistency in the development of our young players into professional footballers - all part of Tan Sri Vincent Tan's vision for Cardiff City FC."
On a broader scale, and pertaining to the community aspect of the project, Bluebirds board member and Cardiff City House of Sport director Steve Borley said: "Our vision in partnership with Cardiff Council and Cardiff University is to create a sustainable multi-purpose facility to serve the university and local sports clubs as well as a new home for Cardiff City Academy.
"The creation of the hub will empower local people to invest their spare time proactively, working with all age groups and genders and have a central hub to promote and deliver sports development for the community of Llanrumney. We hope to bring in assistance from the foundations of FAW, Cardiff City and WRU to provide guidance to help deliver the vision of the hub."
There are as yet no firm details over when construction for the development will start.
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