Cardiff City Stadium has become the first ground in Wales to be invited to join the Healthy Stadia Network.

The home of Cardiff City Football Club was formally introduced into the Healthy Stadia programme at the latest World Health Organization (WHO)  Healthy Cities event in Cardiff.

The Community Foundation team at Cardiff City, Compass Group UK and Ireland's Sport, Leisure and Hospitality have all been working together with the application to join the Healthy Stadia Network which has seen the stadium provide healthier food options on match day for the public.

Assistant Manager of the Community Foundation at Cardiff City  Marc Cahill, was pleased with their inclusion into the network.

Cahill said: "After a great deal of hard work I am delighted that we have been invited onto the Healthy Stadia programme. Our stadium is the first Welsh stadium and one of very few in the UK.

“I would like to thank all the staff who has helped in this process, in particular, Jane Cook from Compass who has worked alongside me from start to finish to make this possible."

Cook, the General Manager of Compass Group at Cardiff City, added: “It is a great honour that Cardiff City Stadium's commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle has been recognised and to be the first Welsh stadium to be accepted into this programme makes us extremely proud.”

Posted on 14/01/2010