Pontypridd players will be roaming the town’s streets this coming Saturday morning to drum up support for the Glyncoch community regeneration.
The campaign to transform Glyncoch Community Centre is quickly gathering pace after strong backing from Pontypridd RFC, Cardiff Blues and Wales rugby legend Scott Quinnell.
Former Wales international Quinnell, who has joined actor and presenter Stephen Fry in promoting the scheme, has urged people from across Britain to help plug the funding shortfall.
With the added support of the region’s two favourite teams, as well as companies New Adventure Travel and Deloitte, the project is close to reaching its ambitious target.
Your Square Mile, a UK-wide organisation supporting people to start projects in their community, have teamed up with website Spacehive in a bid to raise a whopping £793,000 for the cause.
The town is facing a race against time to raise the remaining £30,000 needed before March 30 – or risk losing most of the grant funding already secured.
Quinnell, a former British and Irish Lion, said: “Glyncoch desperately needs this new centre – it would really transform a community. Now they’re within touching distance of getting their prize.
“They have raised 95% of their funding from grants, so it’s a race against the clock to crowd-fund the last 5% from kind supporters all over the country.
“So please help an amazing community turn itself around and make a pledge.”
The hope is to raise the shortfall from hundreds of small contributions from generous people and businesses across the country – a scheme dubbed “crowd-funding.”
Pontypridd RFC’s head coach Dale McIntosh, who is also fully behind the project, said: “Glyncoch and Pontypridd have produced some of the country's most talented players. It's time for us to invest in the next generation.
“This new community centre will provide our young people with the opportunities they deserve – not just providing access to sport but also education, skills and work opportunities.
"The funding campaign is tantalisingly close to the finishing line. If everyone chips in just a little more, we can get a brand new hub for the community built this summer.”
The Taff Ely club is organising a “kick-around” this Saturday in Pontypridd town centre, with players meeting fans and signing kits.
New Adventure Travel, whose managing director, Kevin Jones, hails from Glyncoch, are pledging £1,000.
Deloitte, a company providing audit, tax, enterprise risk and financial advisory services, have also pledged £1,000.
The Glyncoch Community Centre project involves building a modern community hall featuring a conference suite for local businesses and community groups, an IT centre to host workshops and facilities for young people.
The external areas will be landscaped and the centre will be given a huge internal makeover.
It is hoped the centre will provide a springboard to jobs and learning opportunities, reversing the cycle of deprivation in the area.
For more information, go to www.spacehive.com/glyncochcc