New home for UEFA Champions
Merthyr Town Football club have confirmed Miller Argent as the new sponsor for their stadium which is currently under construction. Miller Argent who operate the Ffos-y-fran opencast mine a few miles away from the club have agreed a £10,000 deal which will see the new stadium being named the ‘Miller Argent Community Stadium’.
The new development comes as Merthyr Town Football Club (MTFC) celebrates becoming winners of UEFAs 2015 European ’Best grassroots club’ for their outstanding contribution to their local community. The prize was presented to them earlier this month at The Football Association of Wales (FAW) Community Awards event at Cardiff City Stadium. The award recognises volunteers, clubs and leagues, across Wales, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.
Neil Brown, Managing Director of Miller Argent said:
“Merthyr Town Football Club is a shining example of a club that is run for the people, by the people. We are extremely proud sponsor of the clubs new stadium and we are sure that this development will only serve to further enable the club to expand and build on its prize winning community activities.”
In 2013 funding from the Ffos-y-fran community benefit grant was used to install a state of the art 3G pitch which has transformed the clubs ability to host an extensive range of community activities alongside their first team matches. Club activities include a football academy for local youngsters including an under 14s and under 16s team, a veteran’s team a disabled team and, most recently, our Walking football team all of which are delivered through the Merthyr Town Community Project. The club also has plans to start a ladies team next season, hold fitness events and even summer youth activities.
Explaining the reasons behind the club’s win, Rob Price Chief Executive of Merthyr Town Football Club said,
“Merthyr Town Football Club is distinctive in that it is owned by the local community and is operated specifically for the benefit of the community. We are not just about first team football, the club offers a wide range of leisure activities that seek to be inclusive to all, allowing all members of the community the opportunity to not only participate and enjoy the game but also to access the club for wider leisure and social activities.
“We are tremendously proud of our achievements and this award is testimony to the valuable work of our local volunteers from across Merthyr Tydfil. Without their invaluable help we wouldn’t be the award winning club that we are.”