Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff City FC celebrate opening of House of Sport II
The second stage of Cardiff City Football Club’s House of Sport development has been officially opened bringing much needed training, coaching and community facilities to the city.
Cardiff and Vale College will offer a range of sporting education opportunities at House of Sport II, including a new Foundation Degree in Sport that will begin this September. The £2m training centre will also be home to the Cardiff City FC Community Education and its community based programmes.
Malky Mackay, Cardiff City Football Club manager recently spoke about the impact Cardiff City House of Sport has already had on the club, as well as the local community, saying: “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 firsthand why local groups, sports clubs and colleges - including our friends and colleagues at Cardiff and Vale College - have taken to playing and working there.”
Malky commented on how crucial the second facility will be on furthering the development of talented youngsters within the Welsh Capital, saying: “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. I’d like to pay compliment to Steve Borley and his staff, and again, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and our Malaysian partner Berjaya for continuing their development of an outstanding, multi-functional facility. We’re very lucky to have the House of Sport on our doorsteps.”
While the facility will be used by Cardiff City FC as well as the club’s Community and Education Foundation programme, the complex will enable a whole host of sporting groups within the region to benefit from the same level of quality experienced by those who train within the existing 3G facility. With the addition of immaculate polyurethane flooring, the brand new 63m x 42m arena will be suitable to accommodate further sporting activities to include futsal, basketball, netball, handball, softball, racquet sports and disability sports.
Cardiff and Vale College Principal & Chief Executive Mike James is delighted to be working with Cardiff City House of Sport, saying: “At CAVC we have a vision to transform learning across the capital region of Wales. As part of this we have set out a plan to invest and work with partners to ensure world class training and education facilities are developed across the region. Investment and development in sport is a priority for the College – from offering outstanding training opportunities for young people through to supporting excellence and growth in the sports industry itself. HoS provides an unrivalled multisport facility. We look forward to working alongside our other partners here to support top class football education and development programmes vital for a capital city. We also believe this facility offers a fantastic opportunity to meet the Sport Wales ‘Sport for all’ agenda, using it as a platform to really help inspire and engage young people and communities across the region in all sport.”
Starting in September CAVC will be offering the new Foundation Degree Sports Coaching and Performance, run in partnership with the University of South Wales (formerly University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport). Students enrolled on this Foundation Degree will be based in Cardiff City’s new state or the art facility, House of Sport.
The programme is aimed at people who have a desire and commitment to gain an understanding of Sports Coaching and Performance and intend to pursue a career within the Sports or Leisure Industry.
After graduating students can study for a further year at university to “top up” to a full honours degree or go into employment.
Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: “The investment in the impressive new House of Sport II facility further
demonstrates Berjaya’s long term commitment to grassroots sports development linked to education in both Wales and Malaysia, all delivered under the umbrella of Cardiff City Football Club. We are extremely pleased to be associated with this marvellous facility, helping to bring sporting opportunities to all sections of the community, regardless of age, ability and mobility. The House of Sport can be enjoyed by many generations to come and all associated with this ongoing project can take great pride in what has been achieved.”
Cardiff Council Leader Heather Joyce said: “The House of Sport is a marvellous facility that will be a huge asset to the Cardiff community. What makes it special is that children and young people will be benefiting from using these facilities, as well as professional sports teams. Cardiff has a justified reputation as a world class sporting city, and the launch of the second stage of the House of Sport sees another valuable addition to the range of first class sporting facilities that the city has to offer. The sheer number of sports that can take place within this venue is truly impressive and I am looking forward to seeing our young sporting talent taking the opportunity to use such first rate training facilities and progressing as a result."
Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “The Premier League Community Facility Fund is all about providing sports facilities that reinvigorate local communities, and we are extremely pleased that Cardiff City is the first club outside of the top flight to receive this investment. The Fund is proving to be a model of public-private partnership, and there are few better examples than the HoSII. Cardiff City, Sport Wales and the Welsh Government are successfully working to a common goal of increasing sports participation in the city that is mad for football. With the likes of Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale, the community of Cardiff has never had far to look for inspiration. I am sure Cardiff City and Wales would like to find more like them, but it’s also important clubs to make a positive social difference at the heart of their community and that’s what the HoSII will do.”
Scott Young, Community Foundation Manager added: “I’m delighted that the Premier League Community Facilities Fund investment has helped deliver a state-of-the-art multi-sports facility. This facility will give many young people, in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, the opportunity to take part in sport. Cardiff’s track record of producing champions shows how, with the right facilities and support in place, young people’s talent can be nurtured to deliver the professional stars and medal-winners of tomorrow. With the owners and directors moving the club in the right direction, their forward thinking is a shining example of how we’re helping transform the places where people play sport and deliver a lasting legacy beyond far beyond our time.”
Cardiff City FC Director and House of Sport developer Steve Borley would like to thank Cardiff Council for their continued backing of the development, as well as Cardiff and Vale College and Welsh Assembly Government for their commitment to support the funding of the Community Foundation Futsal education programmes. He would also like to thank the Football Foundation, Premier League and Sport Wales for the confidence shown and the support given to deliver this ambitious development.
Steve Borley said: “This is also evidence of continued inward investment into Wales from Malaysia via a joint venture investment from Berjaya Assets in partnership with Borley Engineering Services. It is also great news that the Cardiff City House of Sport Ltd and Cardiff & Vale College have entered into a long term agreement to use House of Sport to deliver their sports based courses, which we hope will lead to the establishment of a sports based education hub at Leckwith. This will enable further expansion and investment into the facilities and increase the range of user groups we can cater for. We have created a model for Sports, community and education at Leckwith which all parties can be truly proud of.”