Work has started on a new 3G pitch and warm-up area at Bangor University’s Treborth sports facility.

The University’s Treborth site is located next to the Menai Straits on the outskirts of Bangor and currently consists of 4 full size football pitches and 2 rugby pitches as well as an eight lane athletics track and pavilion.

The pitch will be primarily to support rugby and built to meet the latest International Rugby Board (IRB) standards. The pitch will also be used for football and a range of other activities and be available for community hire.

The new 3G Pitch will replace an existing natural grass rugby pitch and an existing natural grass football pitch. At present, the natural grass pitches are unable to be used for a significant amount of the year due to surface water flooding and the pitches becoming waterlogged, which means that Bangor University’s sports clubs are having to hire alternative pitches for their weekly training sessions and matches.

The plans also include an entrance and warm up area, creation of hard-standing for three x 100 person spectator stands and kit storage areas, eight pitch floodlights and an extension to the existing car park.

The new pitch will enable its use throughout the year and provide state of the art facilities which could be used for important sporting events for the region and be a real asset to the North Wales sport facilities as well as for Bangor University sports courses and extra-curricular activities.

In 2014 Bangor University part funded the new all-weather 3G pitch at Bangor City’s Stadium, providing a valuable community resource for a wide range of local clubs.

Richard Bennett, Bangor University’s Director of Commercial Services, said: “We have already had a large number of enquiries regarding the facility, and have taken a significant number of bookings for next season from both local football and rugby clubs. When we also take into account the number of student clubs that will be training there, it’s already looking busy every weeknight.”

Bangor Rugby Club and Caernarfon Town Football club are already signed up to use the facility.

Joe Simpson, Welsh Rugby Union Hub Officer based at Bangor Rugby Club and coach of Bangor University said “This area has been in great need of an all-weather pitch for a long time. It’s going to be fantastic facility for the student rugby teams and provide a great experience to those people who might be trying rugby for the first time at University.”

Ruth Plant, President of the Students’ Union said: “This will be a fantastic addition to the sports facilities at the University. It will provide year round opportunities for our students to excel in their activities with so many students being able to benefit from it. We also think it’s great that teams and groups from the local area will also be able to use it.”

Funding for the pitch was granted based on a 10 year repayment model taking into account a competitive pricing structure based on the pricing of other nearby facilities as well as a contribution from the Welsh Rugby Union towards LED floodlighting.

The new facility is planned to open in the summer and anyone interested in hiring the pitch can contact Judith Williams on 01248 382571 or email sportsbookings@bangor.ac.uk