Cardiff City has opened the House of Sport II, a new home for community sport, Cardiff City FC Community & Education Foundation and its programmes. The £2m training centre, part of an overall £4m project, was supported with a £350,000 capital grant from the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF).
The facility is a second stage development for Cardiff City who opened the House of Sport in 2010, an indoor 3G training facility behind the Cardiff City Stadium. The House of Sport II is a new 63m x 42m arena that will be home to a range of sporting activities. It is anticipated that over the next five years over 600,000 individuals will use House of Sport II.
Three sports will have majority use of the venue: the Cardiff City Futsal Scholarship, the Welsh Football Trust Futsal coaching and the Cardiff Junior Futsal League will use the facility nearly half the time (46%), Welsh Basketball will run coaching and leagues (38%) and Welsh Netball (16%). House of Sport II will also be used by local schools, twilight football clubs and disability football.
Cardiff City Football Club manager Malky Mackay said:
The launch of House of Sport II here in Cardiff is fantastic news for the local community. The House of Sport has proven an exceptional and invaluable facility to my staff and players over the past eighteen months and we’ve seen first-hand why local groups, sports clubs and colleges – including our friends and colleagues at Cardiff and Vale – have taken to playing and working there.
I’ve no doubt that House of Sport II will prove equally attractive to Cardiff’s sporting community, especially in its catering for Futsal which has an incredible effect on young players honing their touch and skills. We’re very lucky to have the House of Sport on our doorsteps.
PLCFF is funded by the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation. £18m is being invested over the next three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country. The Fund is open to all football club community-led organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, including the Conference North and South Divisions. The new PLCFF-enhanced sites also help to strengthen links between professional football clubs and their communities, becoming venues for the clubs’ outreach work.