Assembly Member for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw was on hand to officially open the new changing facilities at the Ely Valley Sports Park in Tonyrefail on Sunday.  The brand new building is a result of a £282,000 grant from the Welsh Government, which also funded drainage and spectator safety work, allowing the pitch to be brought back into use for the first time since 2009.

Mick Antoniw, Trustees and local Councillor Alex Davies-Jones also welcomed home Tonyrefail Welfare AFC to play their first game at the venue since it was closed eight years ago.  A highlight of the opening ceremony was a special match between Tonyrefail Welfare AFC and Ely Valley FC, a brand new team, who will also be based at the venue.

Mick Antoniw said:

“I’ve been delighted to be involved in this project and to help secure this funding.  Sports clubs are central to a vibrant and thriving community as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.  I was pleased to formally open these fantastic facilities and look forward to them being a real asset to the whole community for years to come.”

Trustee Neil Evans said:

“This is a great day for sport in Tonyrefail and means the Ely Valley Sports Park continues to go from strength to strength.  Trustees have worked alongside the community to make this project a reality and bringing the pitch back into use as well as providing brand new changing facilities means we know have a top quality venue, which all our teams and the whole community can be really proud of.”