Football across the county borough is set for a massive boost if plans are given the go ahead at the next Executive Board on 13 March.
Members will be asked to support the development of a partnership project led by the Football Association of Wales (Trust) to develop a series of new operating models for the management and future development of football in the County Borough. This will include future arrangements for the council’s own football pitches and pavilions.
If approved the benefits to football in Wrexham would be seen in better football outcomes, stronger, more successful clubs, better facilities in schools,and more participation from young people including more women and girls taking part.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I am very pleased to be presenting this report to members at this time. I would like to thank the Football Association Wales (Trust) for taking the time to look at football provision across the county borough and compile this report for Executive Board’s consideration.”
The Council currently manage and care for 28 bookable football pitches and 13 football pavilions. The quality of the pitches is average to poor, a result of reduced levels of maintenance, poor draingage/construction and lack of capital investment over a number of years. Pavilions are in a similar condition with many deteoriating and in a poor state of repair. Without the necessary investment they will inevitably face closure.
The report identifies that the FAW (Trust) found a relatively strong base of local football clubs, many are facing a financial struggle and this is often made worse them having to move to find a suitable home pitch for matches. Most have ambitions but lack a resilient, sustainable strategy to meet their ambitions. Whilst the council does offer a discounted season ticket for booking pitches, this has only partiially helped with the difficulty local clubs face.
If approved, partners, including The Council, Football Association of Wales, Football Association of Wales (Trust), North East Wales Football Association and the leagues/clubs. Other interested parties that could contribute to the project include Wrexham Football Club, Freedom Leisure, Glyndwr University, Coleg Cambria and school governing bodies.
Executive Board will meet at 10.00 at the Guildhall and members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will also be webcast and you can the details here:
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