Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Share on facebook

TNS shocked by grant aid refusal

THE New Saints were shocked to discover today that they would receive no grant funding towards the cost of upgrading Park Hall to meet the requirements of the FAW's new domestic licence.

General manager Ian Williams confessed he was "dismayed" to receive a letter from Welsh Grounds Improvement informing the club it had been unsuccessful in its bid for financial assistant towards the estimated £300,000-plus cost of constructing a new 1,000-seater stand, TV studio and TV gantry.
The reason given for the rejection was that the club only had a lease for the pitch at Park Hall, not the buildings at The Venue, but Williams totally rejected the claim.
"We have two separate leases - one for the playing area and one for the buildings," he said.
"I question why the Welsh Ground Improvements did not raise this objection a year ago when the Welsh Premier Board recommended that the newly formed body award a £40,000 grant towards the new stand or, indeed, following the first round of grant application consideration back in October.
"It makes no rhyme or reason for the FAW to ask clubs to improve their stadia to higher standards if no grant aid is forthcoming."
TNS were subsequently declined the grant because planning permission was not in place at the time although, having subsequently secured permission, the club was hopeful that financial assistance would once again be made available.
With club owner Mike Harris stepping down from his role as Welsh Premier representative on the FAW Council, the club says questions could be asked whether 'other' matters have clouded the decision making process.
"Although their is no appeal process, the club will be delving deeply into the reasons why they did not get any funding support and will take further advice on the matter," added Williams.
"This will surely add to the number of 'other' unanswered questions that have been posed by Mr Harris during his tenure at the FAW.
"However, we do intend to ensure that Park Hall meets the requirements of the licence so that we can play in the newly structured Welsh Premier next season."
Photo: General manager Ian Williams with the club's stadium development plans.

More TNS Headlines

  • 1
  • 2