A FOOTBALL club will be able to offer top changing facilities and a meeting venue after they were successful in a bid for a £22,000 grant.

Llanbradach Youth and Junior Football Club play on Cwm Las Fields in Llanbradach and will now be able to renovate their facilities, which are donated welfare units into a community facility for around 30-40 people as well as renovate the changing rooms.

The £22,751.44 grant will come from the Community Facilities and Activities Programme, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Chairman of the club, Keith Davis said: "This grant is a great help for the club and will help provide a community venue for people to use. It will be a place where people can hold coffee mornings and other events such as mother and toddler groups.

"The grant will mean we can complete the project by the summer time. We have been heavily supported by the community and businesses, which have got us this far with the project."

The club, which was founded in 1986, have five junior teams ranging from under 6s to under 18s and also run a large mini football section. Nottingham Forest footballer and Wales international Rob Earnshaw played for the under 11s when he lived in the area.

Jeff Cuthbert AM for Caerphilly said: "I'm delighted that it looks like Cwm Las is going to receive this money, and I know it will be put to good use.

"The funding when it is awarded will be is a boost for community life and the local economy during difficult times.

"It is important organisations at grass roots level are given this funding as they play such a valued role in society."

The Community Facilities and Activities Programme was launched in 2002 and to date has funded 805 projects totalling over £87 million. This latest bidding round will fund 16 projects totalling £3,042,548 over three financial years.