Caerphilly council £6m sporting academy plan unveiled

Artist's impression of the planned sporting academy
Image caption The proposed sporting centre of excellence would have artificial rugby and football pitches

Plans for a £6m centre of sporting excellence have been unveiled by Caerphilly council.

The proposed centre, backed by the Welsh Rugby Union and the Football Association of Wales, is to be on the former Ystrad Mynach Hospital site.

The plan is for two "third generation" (3G) artificial pitches for football and rugby teams, as well as training facilities for "elite" sports people.

The council said it needs £900,000 to complete the construction budget.

The local authority, which takes control of the hospital site next month, said it was in discussions with the Welsh government.

The council said Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff City were also "excited" by the prospects offered by the development.

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