In line with the return to grassroots football, Wrexham Council football pitches are due to re-open on a phased basis from Friday, November 21.

The facilities were closed in March in line with lockdown rules introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision has been made not to charge teams for use of the pitches this season. However, all buildings related to the sites (e.g. changing rooms) will remain closed until further notice, as there will be no attendants present at games.

The booking process will remain the same.

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Rules for everyone’s safety

Councillor David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, says:

“Football plays a massive part in our communities, and reopening these pitches will give children and adults the chance to enjoy the game they love…as well as providing all the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings.

“However, it’s incredibly important that every club follows the rules to help keep everyone safe.

“This means following Welsh Government guidelines, and sticking to the protocols provided by the Welsh Football Association (FAW).

“Any unreasonable behaviour could result in us having to close a pitch.”

The council will also continue to monitor the spread of the virus in Wrexham, and may have to close pitches at short notice if the situation changes.

Shared responsibility

Mike Parry, FAW Trust Development Manager, says:

“It’s really encouraging to see Wrexham Council taking steps to ensure a safer return to football.

“Everyone involved in the game has a shared responsibility in following the FAW protocol, which sets out how teams can keep themselves and others safe whilst getting back to the game we all know and love.

“Football plays a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of our community and I’m pleased we can continue to take gradual steps to return to play.”

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