Welsh hockey, as well as 2G pitch provision, has received a huge boost after the green light was given for a new £300,000 hockey hub in Caerphilly.

The Sue Noake Leisure Centre was handed the funding from the Welsh government with the pitch replacing the well-worn artificial turf pitch.

Ross Whiting, cabinet member for learning and achievement, said that the investment would provide the community with a key facility in the area.

He said: “I would also like to thank Welsh Government and Sport Wales for providing the funding for this fantastic project and for all of the people that have worked hard to enable this project to go ahead.

“As with several other facilities that have recently opened across the county borough – this new facility will provide more opportunities for active living to help us achieve our mission of getting more people, more active – more often.”

The new facility will provide local sports clubs with the opportunity to play and train all year around. The multi-use pitch can be used in all weather and can be utilised by a number of different sports including football and rugby.