BBC Radio Wales' Owen Money is setting
high hopes for his hometown.
Owen - who is involved in the £250m Merthyr Village
project - has revealed that he believes it could play host to the 2012
The planned facility that will cover approximately
600 acres of land will be home to a football stadium that Money hopes
will host some events connected to the Olympic Games.
"The facility will be open in time for the 2012 Games
and who's to say that we won't spawn some new Olympic hopefuls from
the Valleys?" says Owen.
"It's my way of doing something for my town; I want
to leave a legacy that will help the area."
The singer-turned-comedian and radio presenter bought
a piece of land with his business partner with the original idea of
building a new football stadium for Merthyr FC.
"The need for the stadium was the catalyst for the project
and it has just gone from there," he says.
Money hopes that the project will provide the valleys
with the amenities that Cardiff has.
"We need something in the valleys," he says. "Everybody
including myself has to move away from Merthyr to find work. I want
to do something that will generate wealth for the area."
Money, who can be heard on The
Afternoon Show and Money
For Nothing on Radio Wales, never misses an opportunity
to mention his home town.
"I'm proud of where I'm from and Merthyr Football
Club is my life!"