Cardiff Council has approved a proposal put forward by Cardiff and Vale College and the House of Sport to lease Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
As part of the agreement between the Council and CAVC, the College will take control of the Leckwith athletics stadium from the summer. The proposal was approved by the Council’s cabinet committee.
Land will also be leased to College partner, the House of Sport. The partners propose to invest in new facilities and classrooms at the stadium, protecting it as a community hub and international athletics venue while expanding and improving the College’s sport offer.
The College, Council and House of Sport are now working closely together to finalise the details fo the proposal.
Mark Roberts, Deputy Principal at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to both safeguard community use of the stadium and adjacent sports facilities whilst at the same time establishing a centre of excellence and home for CAVC Sport. Cardiff and Vale College is committed to working in collaboration with Cardiff Council and other partners to benefit our communities, staff and students.
“We have a long-term partnership with the House of Sport, who have significant expertise in the management and hiring of sports facilities, and look forward to working with them to develop and run a fantastic sporting facility.
“We propose to establish a community Stakeholder Management Committee to oversee the use and utilisation of the facilities and include community representation as well as appropriate club and representative bodies.
“Our proposal will enable the community to continue to have access to a high quality facility, used for a huge range of sporting events from school sports days to international athletics meets. It will also see the creation of an excellent learning facility for CAVC students and high quality, enhanced facilities and opportunities for the sporting community and general public.
“At a time when athletics stadia across Wales and elsewhere in the UK are struggling to fund basic repairs and in some instances closing this joint investment by CAVC and House of Sport is fundamental to maintaining athletics and community sport at Leckwith.”