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7th November 2019

FAW set to create centre of excellence at Vale Resort

BY: Nathan Spackman

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is set to create a Football Centre of Excellence at the Vale Resort.The move will also see Welsh football's governing body leave their Cardiff offices to be based at the resort by Summer 2020.

The FAW will take over the facility from the Cardiff Blues with renovations to the facilities expected to take eight months. Championship side Cardiff City will remain as a tenant and continue to train at the Vale Resort.

FAW Chief executive Jonathan Ford said: "The FAW's workforce has grown in numbers to meet the requirements of a contemporary football association."

"The FAW has modernised to the extent that it needs office space to reflect that in addition to a more modern way of working which the new FAW headquarter offices at the Vale Resort will allow."

"We at the FAW are very excited for our staff, senior national squads and coaches to be housed at the renowned sporting facilities."

The move is expected to provide some financial relief to Cardiff Blues who's Chairman Alun Jones said the region's last accounts "did not make pleasant reading".

The annual report revealed the Blues were paying almost £1.7m to the Vale of Glamorgan Resort where their training facilities are based.

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