WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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FLINT Town United have had an application for a 3G pitch rejected, revealing a strategic change in the FAW's policy towards synthetic surfaces.

Writing in last weekend's match programme, the Silkmen's chairman Darryl Williams wrote: "Representatives from the club met with an official from the Welsh FA regarding our application for a 3G pitch.

"The Welsh FA confirmed that they have had a strategic change in their policy and that they are no longer looking to financially support clubs in having a 3G facility on their main pitch.

"Rather the thinking is now to support partnership arrangements which include the football club, the local authority including leisure services, schools and Education. Whilst this initially would seem to be really disappointing news they did confirm that those 3G facilities at the football grounds fall under the governance of FIFA which require the carpet is replaced every six years at a cost in excess of £100k.

"Consequently, whilst the idea of the 3G at our stadium would seem on the surface to be something of a money spinner we would in effect have to save nearly £20k a year towards its replacement. Rest assured Flint Town FC will work tirelessly to ensure we have a 3G facility somewhere in the town to allow us to continue to grow as the area’s premier community based football club."

The FAW has funded 3G pitches at the Welsh Premier stadiums of Aberystwyth, Airbus, Bala, Cefn Druids Llandudno and Newtown in recent years as some in the feeder leagues, while Carmarthen are hopeful of FAW funding towards a 3G facility at Richmond Park. Bangor City have also received funding for a pitch adjacent to their main grass surface at Nantporth.

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27 May 2017

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