Some information about CPD Gronant.
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Gronant Playing Fields
CPD Gronant’s ground is based in Upper Gronant, next to the village’s primary school and skate park. The ground overlooks the A548 coast road as well the Presthaven Holiday Park and has great views of the Irish Sea, making it one of the more picturesque grounds in the county. Car parking is limited with a small car park next to the skate park, and just a short walk away from the football pitch, although it could be possible to park in the neighboring streets.
Even though Gronant is in Flintshire, it is very close proximity to Prestatyn (just 2,5 miles away) meaning that the seaside town’s train station is the nearest to the ground. There are regular bus routes from the train station heading eastwards towards Holywell Bus Station via the 11 routes (Rhyl to Chester) with the Arriva Wales bus stopping at Gronant Crossroads on the bottom coast road. However, this will then require a further 15-minute walk up the Gronant Hill and through the village, via Nant-Y-Gro, to get to the ground. In addition, you could also get a P&O Lloyd bus from Prestatyn Bus Station via the 18 route service (Rhyl to Flint Cornist) that will drop you off in the village itself, with either the Llys Edward or Bryn Mor bus stops being the closest to the ground.
The nearest pub to Gronant Playing Fields is the Bells of St. Mary’s which is located on the coast road and a 15-minute downhill walk from the ground, with a bus stop just next to it. This is more of a gastropub and can get busy (especially during the holiday weeks), so the best bet for food and/or drinks may be a return back to Prestatyn where the high street has a vast array of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
Clwb Pêl-Droed Gronant is a new name in Flintshire football, although the foundations of the club originate from outside the county. The club was founded in 2018 in the Denbighshire city of Saint Asaph / Llanelwy as Llanelwy Athletic, where they originally played. In their debut season, the club won the fifth-tier Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One title undefeated before gaining promotion to the Premier Division for the following season, where they finished second-to-bottom in the league. Following the restructuring of the Welsh football pyramid, Llanelwy Athletic found themselves competing in the North Wales Coast East League Division One and finished in fourth position for the 2021-22 season, just two points adrift from a runners-up finish.
For the start of the 2022-23 season, the club announced the change of its name to CPD Gronant to reflect its permanent move to the Flintshire village after having played at Gronant Playing Fields during the 2021-22 season due to the ground having tier 4 applicable facilities (as well as being the former ground to both Greenfield FC and Prestatyn Sports). However, despite Gronant being on the Flintshire-Denbighshire border, the club now fell outside of the North Wales Coast FA catchment area and was now within the North East Wales FA zone of governance. As a result, the club had to move across to the North East Wales Football League and will compete in the NEWFL Championship for the 2022-23 season.
FIVE-YEAR LEAGUE HISTORY
- 2017-18: n/a
- 2018-19: Vale of Clwyd & Conwy League Division One – 1st [PROMOTED]^
- 2019-20: Vale of Clwyd & Conwy League Premier Division – 10th^**
- 2020-21: North Wales Coast East League Division One – Season Abandoned^
- 2021-22: North Wales Coast East League Division One – 4th^
[^ – As Llanelwy Athletic; ** – Decided on points per game]
Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One
[‘* – As Llanelwy Athletic]
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