Cardiff Raptors Korfball club are campaigning to stop their facilities being transformed into offices by Cardiff Council.
The team are one of many sports clubs who currently use the changing rooms in Heath Park, including the local golf and archery teams. And they are worried about how council plans will affect their future.
James Wilcox is the chair of the Korfball club. He says the club had agreed to take over the running of the venue from the council, but now that won’t be possible. Speaking to CJS News he said “The council changed their minds and have now decided to pursue a commercial lease for the building instead” and that they will be converting the changing rooms and storage facilities into offices instead.
Cardiff Council say “There are already offices at Heath Park and they have been there for some time. There is a small changing facility as part of those offices and and to our understanding they haven’t been booked out for three years on a weekend”
Cardiff Raptors Korfball say they have an agreement in place where they have free access to the changing rooms, as they pay for the use of council pitches. The club have launched a petition to save the centre and say they will be bringing this to the council
Korfball is one the UK’s fastest growing sports. Its a combination of netball and basketball and played in more than 74 countries. As a mixed gender sport, clubs need additional changing rooms for male and female team members
Cardiff Council say that no firm decision on the facilities have been made, and that the public consultation will continue.