North East Wales

Uefa grant helps St Asaph City football club after floods

St Asaph
Image caption Large areas of St Asaph was under water during flooding last November

St Asaph City football club is to receive up to £10,000 from Uefa to help pay repair pitches damaged by serious flooding last November.

European football's governing body offered the grant after an application by the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Both of the club's pitches were badly damaged by floods, which also hit 330 local homes.

The town's cricket club is also raising funds to repair damage.

It was up to St Asaph City FC to decide how much money they wanted to apply for as they will have to match the funding.

FAW president Trefor Lloyd Hughes told BBC Radio Cymru's Ar y Marc programme that he was aware that Uefa had funds to help clubs which had been affected by flooding.

"I was at an Uefa fair play and social responsibility meeting and heard one country had received £5m... so I asked quickly about St Asaph and I'm glad to say that they decided about two weeks ago that they'd give the club between £9,000 to £10,000.

"Then I met the club and let them decide what they wanted to do - because they might have just wanted to replace the fence, or re-do the whole pitch. They have to provide funding too."

Club chairman John Roberts, who is also the mayor of St Asaph, said the money would allow the club to repair damage caused by the flood water.

"We have a pitch for the senior team and one for the junior teams.

"They were quite badly damaged by the floods in November and this now means we can carry out repair work over the summer to ensure we are ready for next season."

Mr Roberts said the club had been realistic about the level of funding they asked for.

"We aren't a particularly wealthy club so the application had to be reasonable.

"It's interesting that a small club - although we are successful by now - caught the attention of both the Welsh FA and Uefa."

Image caption St Asaph cricket club is also trying to raise funds to repair damage to its facilities during the flooding

Last month St Asaph cricket club launched an appeal to raise funds to help fix its facilities following the floods.

The aim there is to build a new clubhouse in time for the 2014 season.

The work there will cost an estimated £300,000.

Despite its troubles, St Asaph FC has had a successful season with the club champions of the Clwyd Football League premier division.

The team will be playing in the second division of the Cymru Alliance next season.

Mr Lloyd Jones says other clubs in Wales could benefit from the Uefa fund in the future.

"It there is any club in a similar situation again they should contact the FA, or me personally," he added.

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