The Friends of the Mid are a registered organisation under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act, created with the sole aim of re-developing the Mid Rhondda Playing fields into an area that will serve the local community.
The Mid Rhondda Athletic Ground was opened in 1907 with the stated intention of becoming the finest Athletic Ground in Wales. Fred Howard of London, half mile cycling champion, declared it to be ‘one of the finest cycling tracks in the country’. It hosted diverse sporting events including a rugby league match between England and Wales. The Australian rugby union and rugby league teams also played on the ground against Penygraig and Mid Rhondda Athletic respectively. The ‘Mid’ hosted a professional soccer team known as ‘The Mushrooms’ who regularly played against some of the best sides in the country. Horse shows, carnivals and athletics were also regular events while some of Wales’ rugby legends, like Willie Llewellyn and Maurice Richards graced its turf. During the strikes made famous by the ‘Tonypandy Riots’ mass meetings of striking miners were held where messages from Winston Churchill were read to the assembled strikers. When two local boxers went down with the Titanic an Assault at Arms was held to raise funds for the bereaved family attended by boxing legends Jimmy Wilde and Peerless Jim Driscoll.
Over the years the Mid has fallen into a state of dis-repair and neglect. Our aim is to help develop this field to provide an area that will not only serve the local community , but will also be an area that will provide an insight into the rich cultural history of this field and the local Community.
Our aim is to take ownership of this land and develop it to provide an area that visitors can relax, partake in local community projects, socialise, and learn.
We are currently in talks with the local council on taking ownership under a lease scheme, to allow us then to start the process of site investigations and initial design work to make this scheme a success
We are therefore looking to raise funds towards the initial fees involved in transferring ownership, carrying out site investigations, and getting pans drawn up to begin the planning application process.