Ty Newydd project

 

WREN FUNDING FOR RHYL RUGBY’S TYNEWYDD FIELD PROJECT.

The long-awaited confirmation of the Welsh Government’s handsome £490,000 Community Facilities Grant has finally arrived. This good news, coupled with the offers on the table for the Sports & Social Club on Vale Road and the Club’s ground at the Waen, has enabled the Club to go out to tender for the main construction phase of the projectThis phase of the project on the Tynewydd Field site is scheduled to start in early November, with completion in late summer 2018.

In the meantime, the separately funded work on creating the new playing surfaces at Tynewydd Field is moving on apace. The bulk of the funding for this £90,000 phase has been provided by WREN, who have invested £49,000 into the creation of the main pitch, a practice pitch and two 60m x 35m Junior pitches. Additional support has been received from the WRU and Sport Wales, as well as a contribution from the Club’s own funds.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The completed project will bring a Community Centre and multi-sports hub into the heart of Rhyl. WREN’s initiative brings with it the attendant health and well-being benefits for the youngsters of the town and provides a much needed social resource for the surrounding population.

The new ground’s 10.88 acres were first mown, then sprayed to kill off all the vegetation. The entire area, including the soil from the car park and club house areas, was excavated to depth of a couple of feet, then the soil was replaced on the pitches, levelled and graded, with a small but significant raising of the levels to keep the playing surfaces clear of the water table. The contractors, Wright Landscapes, have remarked that the soil is the finest quality sports-ground soil they have worked with. The seeding has been completed during the last few days, and, with reasonable growing conditions this autumn and next spring and summer, it is anticipated that the pitches will be available for play by the start of the 2018/19 season.

Subject to the completion of the tender assessment process by the end of September, the construction phase of the project should be underway by the start of November, with the building being likely to be available for use at the same time as the pitches. 


A MESSAGE FROM RICHARD GREENWOOD

The Rhyl Rugby project to relocate all our activities to the Tynewydd Field Site in Rhyl has now reached a very exciting phase. The Club has recently reached agreement with Denbighshire County Council for a 125 year lease on the site and there is considerable positive interest in the purchase of both our ground at the Waen and the Sports and Social Club on Vale Road, Rhyl.
In addition to any income generated by these sales, we have grant applications either in place, or pending to the tune of some £750,000. We have planning permission for a community facility and multi-sports centre on Tynewydd Field and we will shortly be going out to tender for the construction phase of the project. When the result of the tender process is known, we will also find out just how much more money we will need to raise to complete our ambitious programme.
We are also working closely with Rhyl High School and the WRU to employ a full-time Rugby Hub Officer at the school, and this is where today’s fund-raising Golf Challenge comes in. We are committed to a £2,500 contribution for each of the next 3 years, as part of a £24,000 total package. So, every penny raised today will go towards that goal, which will cement the Club’s relationship with the High School and with its junior feeder schools. This has the potential to dramatically increase our junior playing base and, along with our commitment to providing a full range of community and sporting activities at the new facility, will put us at the forefront of Rhyl’s regeneration programme.
Our thanks to each and every one of you for supporting us today – may you drive every fairway, hit every green and sink every putt!

Richard Greenwood    -    Project Chairman and fellow golfer.