The new Penrhiwfer Community Sports Pitch, also known as the Queen Elizabeth II Field, was opened by Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism
The new Penrhiwfer Community Sports Pitch - also known as the Queen Elizabeth II Field - has been officially opened by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The unveiling ceremony was carried out by Cllr Robert Bevan, Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, and Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Council Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and local ward member for Tonyrefail West.
The new Penrhiwfer Community Sports Pitch will be used by pupils at the adjacent Williamstown Primary School and Penrhiwfer AFC and will be a lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “This new pitch is a fantastic facility for the community. Apart from anything else, it will give the local primary school the opportunity to take part in sporting activities on a daily basis.
“Public spaces such as this are vital to building happy and healthy communities and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted to be playing its part in providing such facilities.”
The Penrhiwfer Community Sports Pitch has previously been identified as a Queen Elizabeth II Field and is held in trust for future generations by the Fields In Trust organisation.
Founded back in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V, the mission of the Fields in Trust remains the same today as the day it began.
Their aim is to ensure that everyone – young or old, able or disabled and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation.
Fields in Trust is a UK charity that operates to safeguard recreational spaces around the country as well as campaigning for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge was set up as a flagship UK-wide programme to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games by permanently protecting as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible.
The official opening of the Penrhiwfer Community Sports Pitch coincided with the Fields in Trust’s national campaign called ‘Have A Field Day.’ It was attended by many local children who will be making use of the new facility all year around.
Also present at the official opening ceremony was Ivor Morgan, chairman of the Fields in Trust Cymru.
Penrhiwfer AFC played their first official match on the pitch against Cambrian AFC, watched by many spectators.
For details of all sports and leisure activities in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/leisure