A pitch-side catering van is set to become a permanent fixture at the Cambrian Lakeside facilities after the venue scored funding from renewable energy company, Pennant Walters. Pennant Walters has given £10,000 of funding to Cambrian Lakeside Trust which has allowed the purchase of a catering van, which will be in situ adjacent to the FIFA One Star grade 3G all weather pitch throughout the year.
The pitch, which has been available for use since 2013, has seen plenty of footfall and now plays host to Cardiff City Community Education Programmes, Welsh Football Trust Coach Education Programmes, as well as local teams. The boost of a catering facility will ensure that users of the pitch and spectators will have access to a healthy food provision before, during and after games.
As well as the improvement to the Tonypandy facilities, the operation of the catering van has also created a 16 hour a week job. The role will involve managing the van and preparation of food.
Phil Williams, director of Cambrian Lakeside Ltd, which runs the facilities, said:
“We are delighted that we have secured funding from Pennant Walters and are hopeful that the purchase of the catering unit will mean our facilities go from strength to strength.
“The centre was taken over by Cambrian Trust just over ten years ago and has developed into a true community hub catering for sport, outdoor recreation and also a meeting place for the community to enjoy.
“The catering provision will allow the 3g pitch, which opened just over two years ago, to provide food and drink for the 2000 visitors it has each week.
“On behalf of the Trust and users of the facilities I’d like to thank Pennant Walters for their kind donation and I look forward to seeing the profits from the catering unit reinvested in the facilities at Cambrian Lakeside Trust.”