This is great news for the university and the wider community
Wales’ first indoor 3G football pitch is being built at the University of South Wales.
The massive investment by the FAW Trust’s higher education partner also involves two new floodlit outdoor 3G pitches.
Once the exciting project is completed, the FAW Trust will be 60 per cent the way to their ambitious target of 100 artificial pitches in Wales by 2024.
The new facility, which is being built by Kier Construction and was designed by Atkins, is due to be completed by the end of 2017.
FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward said: “This is fantastic news. Not only for students on USW courses but for the wider community.”
On the eve of Wales’ World Cup Qualifier against Republic of Ireland, Mr Ward spoke to BBC Radio Wales about the importance of getting the right blend of artificial surfaces and grass pitches.
He said: “Artificial pitches are expensive to build, maintain and replace so we need to ensure there's the critical mass, the number of people in the area in order to sustain the commercial plan to make them successful.
“It's really important that the Welsh Government and local authorities understand the importance of protecting investment in grassroots pitches.
“I see this as a public health issue. There's a disconnect as far as I'm concerned between achieving an active, healthy nation and access to affordable facilities to take part in sport.
“It's important that we work with local authorities, at a local level, to form action plans for the future that identify ways in which we can protect existing investment and plan future provision.”