Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, has expressed his delight at the news that Merthyr Town FC has been given a £50,000 grant to upgrade facilities at its Penydarren Park ground.
The award will be used to install new showers, security fencing and improve access for disabled people and comes from the local Council’s Community Economic Development Programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Additional investment will also be made to employ a Business Development Manager at the club to enable it to increase marketing and commercial opportunities and become more financially sustainable in the future.
Merthyr-born, Mr Vaughan, a keen footballer who won several Welsh schoolboy caps as a youngster, and who used to play for Merthyr said:
"The last few years have been extremely difficult for everyone at the club and the supporters have done a great job in keeping things going.
I hope that the funding will prove to be a welcome boost in the fortunes of the club and give it a chance to move forward with plans to keep the club financially viable for the foreseeable future.
It is pleasing to see that EU funding is continuing to make a big difference and breathing new life into local communities. The club is a major part of life in Merthyr and this investment will allow it to capitalise on the unique position that it holds in the area."