Radyr Rangers training in 2023. Credit: Nathan Smith

Tom Lockyer’s boyhood club set to receive vital new funding 

Radyr Rangers have agreed a new lease with Cardiff council to help develop their facilities 

TOM Lockyer’s childhood football club is set to receive a new lease giving it access to new funding to develop facilities. 

Radyr Rangers, who play at Morganstown Recreation Ground, have reached an agreement with Cardiff Council to help deal with ongoing flooding problems. 

“The frustration is how long it has taken to have a place of our own,” said volunteer Wyn Williams. 

The new arrangements, which are proposed to last 25 years, cover the existing changing rooms and will give them preferential use of local sports pitches. 

If planning permission is granted, Radyr Rangers will be able to move forward with their proposals for a new changing room. 

Legal notices have been published advertising the lease granted to the 2,995 square metres of land at Gelynis Terrace, Morganstown. 

Radyr Rangers training ground. Credit: William Rogers

Radyr Rangers have more than 250 children in the area taking part throughout the year and support many young coaches through their coaching accreditation exams. 

They train at Radyr Comprehensive School during the winter months but the new development will help them throughout the year. 

“Some areas have good facilities, but we do not,” said Williams. 

“We just need facilities in this area.” 

The club’s most famous graduate, centre back Lockyer, now has 16 caps for Wales. He played for Radyr before moving to Cardiff City academy in 2006. 

He became Luton Town’s captain during the 2022/23 season, leading them to promotion, but suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in December 2023. He is recovering well but has not yet gone back on the pitch.

The club has an annual football festival in May which aims to bring the community together and bring much needed funding into the club. 

More information about Radyr Rangers can be found here