Newport Stadium has received £150,000 of grant funding to assist the refurbishment of the football and athletics venue in South Wales.
Newport City Council and Newport Live are working in partnership with Newport Harriers, Sport Wales and Welsh Athletics to deliver the refurbishment, which will see the installation of a new World Athletics specification throwing cage and new polymeric surfacing for the track and field areas in addition to works of cleaning, repairs and line marking, as well as the establishment of new external throwing cage and area to be used as a training facility.
Work is under way at the 5,000-capacity venue, which is the home of and Newport Harriers Athletic Club and Welsh third-tier football club Newport City, and is anticipated to be completed before the end of the summer.
Newport City councillor Deb Harvey, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “The refurbishment work over the summer will benefit all parties and users of Newport Stadium. We are grateful to all of our partners for their support, and we hope that this strong collaborative partnership will continue not only to improve facilities in Newport, but support and maintain athletics as a priority sport in the city.”
The stadium, formerly the home of League Two club Newport County, will receive around £125,000 of funding from Welsh Athletics.
An additional £25,000 of ‘Place for Sport’ funding is being provided by Sport Wales and £8,000 by Newport Harriers. Newport Live, which provides sporting, leisure and cultural activities in the city, has also supplied funding and in-kind support to accelerate the project.
James Williams, chief executive of Welsh Athletics, said: “We are delighted that this collaboration with Newport City Council, Newport Live, Newport Harriers, Sport Wales and ourselves will enhance the provision for athletics within the area.
“The development will be a huge boost for club and community athletics locally as well as allow for top level competition to return to Newport in future years, helping to further inspire the next generation of athletes.”