Each season, the host cities of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals receive maxi-pitches as a donation by UEFA.
Today, a maxi-pitch was handed over at Grange Gardens to the local community of Grangetown by UEFA and the Football Association of Wales. Guests at the handover included UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, FAW President David Griffiths and FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford.
Ian Rush also assisted in his role as 2017 UEFA Champions League Final Ambassador and Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, was in attendance to receive the pitch on behalf of the Grangetown community.
The maxi-pitch was funded by the UEFA Grassroots Programme and the Football Association of Wales, in partnership with Cardiff City Council.
The donation by UEFA is aimed at boosting physical activity among residents, local families, children and adults. It’s hoped that the installation will inspire more local youngsters to take up the sport.
Football has the power to directly influence health and wellbeing, crime and social cohesion. As a result, the facility will be free of charge for a minimum of two years.
Local teams Grange Albion and Butetown were invited along to the handover to be amongst the first to use the facility.
Speaking at the handover event, Jonathan Ford said: "This is real legacy, what this site was just a few years ago compared to what it is now is very different.
"I am delighted on behalf of UEFA and the FAW to make a contribution to this community and hopefully to help make this community stronger."