Pitch Perfect! Aber Town's 3G dream becomes a reality
Aberystwyth Town FC were delighted to install a £660K+ UEFA-standard, full-sized, floodlit 3G football pitch at the Club ahead of the 2016-2017 Welsh Premier League season.
It's fair to say that major facility projects such as the new 3G pitch at Aberystwyth Town FC don't come around that often; nor do they happen by chance. Tony Bates, the inspiration and driving force behind the ambitious project proclaimed, 'I am thrilled that after overcoming so many hurdles, this project has finally come to fruition. There is no question that the Club and wider-community will all benefit greatly from this much-needed facility. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of welcoming as many participants as possible to take advantage of this unique, international-standard pitch and hope to see football in the area progress as a consequence.' Mr Bates added, 'the Club sees the new pitch as a catalyst in helping achieve its longer term objectives and certainly player development and recruitment are both important elements that will be enhanced by having such a high-quality surface on which to train and play.'
'3G has all the benefits of a traditional grass surface but without the drawbacks. In an area with very high rain fall, the excellent drainage 3G provides allows the playing surface to remain consistent throughout the year. Furthermore, the pitch can be played on virtually continuously due to the fact that the surface does not cut up or become warn as with grass. Such playing qualities have made 3G pitches extremely popular across Britain and given the number of times water-logged pitches have prevented games and training in the region, Aberystwyth is extremely fortunate to now have its own.'
'ATFC is keen that the 3G surface benefits the wider community and aims to roll out facility and programme opportunities to as many participants as possible. We want to encourage local clubs, schools, events, College and University groups to take advantage of the all-weather surface. All too often training and games in the locality are cancelled due to water-logged pitches or the lack of access to a quality surface. The 3G pitch will enable many more participants to enjoy playing on a quality surface, which will also encourage increased technical development across all age groups. It is also worth emphasising that it is not only football that can be played on the pitch. So long as participants have the correct footwear, a number of sports can train on the pitch if not play competitive games.