Historic Welsh rugby club to stay at home ground after ‘administration error’ threatened future

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A historic Welsh rugby club will remain at their home ground of more than 55 years after plans to relocate it were dropped.

Cardiff Saracens RFC have played at Roath Park Recreation Ground since their formation in the mid-1960s but in July learnt that Cardiff Council planned to move them to another ground on the other side of the city as part of measures to tackle its huge budget deficit.

There were fears that such a move would cause the club to fold completely by creating huge logistical challenges ahead of the new season, while it would also signal a departure from a ground that has helped to develop generations of players.

After news of the potential move broke, an online petition to save the Saracens from relocation was set up and signed by over 1,000 people, including local councillors.

And the club have now been told they can continue to play their home games at the ground for the 2023/24 seasons, with the previous decision to relocate the club based on what the council described as an “administration error”. While the council previously understood that only seven matches were played there over the course of the season, the real number is significantly more.

As part of their agreement with the council, the club will have to provide basic ground maintenance and provide their own post, with the previous posts disposed of by the Council due to them being unsafe to continue using.

Club secretary Elliot Saunders said the club were “delighted” that the proposed relocation was no longer happening and thanked all those who had shown their support for the cause.

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