A FOOTBALL club, which was founded in 1986, finally has its own changing facilities, after the opening of the new £110,000 facility.

Llanbradach Junior FC was formed by a few members of Llanbradach Social Club and had just one junior team. Now there are five junior teams, a large mini football section and a senior team.

In total the club has 130 children and 30 senior players on the books.

The facility has changing rooms, a kitchen and meeting rooms, which can be hired by the people of Llanbradach.

Llandradach club president, Kenny Ball said: "It is a dream to get a facility like this. It means a great deal to the club to have this. "It has taken more than 20 years to get the funding for this facility."

Caerphilly Borough Cllr for Llanbradach Colin Mann along with fellow Cllr Rob Gough backed the club's dreams by asking for a £90,000 planning gain grant to be used to help the club build the facility. A further £22,000 Community Facilities and Activities Programme grant from the Welsh Assembly Government, was received with the help of GAVO. Chairman of the club, Keith Davies said: "It's great that we now have our own facilities after so many years.

"This is something the club has been trying to achieve for at least 25 years. Now that we have these facilities we can continue to grow the club."

Cllr Mann said: "It has taken a lot of hard work by the club and the cost with the free labour from the members and other volunteers would probably put the cost of the building at around £150,000."

The club has juniors registered with the Cardiff City and Swansea City academies and Welsh international Robert Earnshaw's played for the club as an 11-year-old.

If you would like to hire the facilities on Cwmlas playing fields by calling Mr Davies on 07717782174.