The state of the art facilities on offer at the University of South Wales have been instrumental in raising the profile of the local area – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
Mr Davies last week visited the university’s sports park in Treforest – where he welcomed by Head of School of Health and Sport Dr Linda Evans and Head of Football Coaching and Development Rob Griffiths.
As well as being shown the weights and training room – the Welsh Conservative Leader was given a tour of the complex’s new indoor 3G pitch.
The first of its kind in Wales – and one of only five in the UK – the facility has been used by both USW students, community groups and sports teams including Cardiff City FC and the Wales National Football Team – and the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rugby squads.
Praising the university for the investment – Mr Davies described the facilities as “top class” and said it had brought benefits to both students as well as the wider RCT area.
Mr Davies said, “Both in the recent past and throughout history – we’ve seen how sporting success has brought huge benefits to Wales – and it’s vital this continues.
“While natural ability and hard work are undoubtedly key – having use of the best equipment is also an essential ingredient – and that’s why it was pleasing to see the top class facilities at the University of South Wales.
“Their 3G pitch is state of the art – and is one of only five in the UK.
“This shows the scale of investment that has gone in – and undoubtedly has put RCT and the wider area on the map.
“I’d like to thank Linda, Rob and the rest of the team for taking the time to show me around – and I wish everyone at USW the very best for the future.”
[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies is shown around the USW Sports Park by Paul Rainer, Dr Linda Evans, Rob Griffiths and Dr James Gravelle]