Whilst the team heads North on Tuesday to take on FC Halifax, representatives of the Board of Wrexham AFC will forgo the match and head South to Cardiff Bay for a meeting with members of the Welsh Assembly Government (including cabinet secretaries Ken Skates and Lesley Griffiths) along with other AMs, government officials, Wrexham Council and Glyndwr University.
The purpose of the meeting, facilitated by North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, is to discuss the future redevelopment of the Racecourse Ground and achieve the best possible outcome for the region, the town and sporting excellence in the community. Presentations by Wrexham club directors will bring to life an ambitious vision for this regionally significant stadium and its potential to kickstart a positive regeneration of this important gateway to the North’s largest town.
In the two year budget announced on Sunday 1st October, provision has been made by the Welsh Assembly Government for a North Wales based national football museum. As North-East Wales is the only part of the country without a national museum and, with Wrexham being the birthplace of football in Wales, it is a logical solution to locate a museum at the Racecourse Ground as part of a wider development of the stadium.
Directors of the club will set out an ambitious vision for the future that would create more jobs and opportunities for the area and attract more people to the town. Director Spencer Harris said “There is a fantastic opportunity here for the leaders of our National Government to help us create something the region can be proud of. The Racecourse can serve the needs of North and Mid Wales and deliver sporting and cultural accessibility to all parts of the country. We have had a very positive reaction from both the local authority and Glyndwr University and hope to build on that momentum with Welsh Government. Having a four sided stadium with facilities that enables us to generate more income on a ‘non-match day’ is essential for the Racecourse to prosper.”
We are hopefully of a positive result both North and South on the same evening.