LLANDUDNO FC have had an application for Welsh Government grant funding rejected, a decision the club has called “deeply disappointing’.

The club’s future is in question after their OPS Wind Arena turf was deemed a health and safety risk last September, resulting in the team playing all their matches away from home since then.

The club recently organised the Llandudno Live Fest, held at their ground, in the hope of raising much-needed money to fund a new 3G pitch and install LED floodlights.

Despite the success of the event, the club said the open-air event “did not prove to be the financial success originally believed possible”.

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Now, the club has announced their application for Welsh Government’s Communities Facility Programme has also failed, in a move Llandudno FC said is “deeply disappointing”.

A club statement today read: “As many will be aware Llandudno FC has been working to secure a grant from the Welsh Government’s Communities Facility Programme.

“Despite initially receiving positive informal feedback from the funding panel, we have today been informed that the Welsh Government has rejected our application.

“This decision is deeply disappointing and a decision that we intend to review thoroughly once we have received the full written response from the funding body.

“We are utterly devastated and deflated with this decision as we know our fans will be as well.

“This evening players associated with Llandudno FC have been informed of the situation and we are working to secure a venue and team ready for the start of the season.

“Llandudno FC will now also look to obtain further external funding and will strive to protect the heart of our club, which has always been the community which we are so proud to be a part of.

“Although the road ahead appears beset with challenges, we intend to face every single one of them to the best of our ability.

“As we have said in our previous statements and during a public meeting at the start of the year, we remain open to anyone who believes that they can offer something to join Llandudno FC to help us re-build our community club for the future.”

There will be a public meeting held at Llandudno FC at 7pm on Monday, 10 July.