WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Share this article

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn
THE FAW could be set to turn its back on mid-Wales in favour of developing facilities at a North Wales venue for European games.
Officials at Newtown and Aberystwyth Town have been waiting on the Welsh FA to come to a decision over which facility will be upgraded to ensure each region has a UEFA compliant stadium, for underage internationals and European club fixtures.
However with the final decision being delayed twice already, there are rumours that the FAW is instead set to invest funding into upgrading Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground.
This would break a promise to develop a Welsh Premier ground in mid-Wales and see a club with access to English FA grant support receiving a portion of FAW funding, intended to boost the national league.
However the FAW has remained tightlipped, with competitions secretary Andrew Howard insisting to the Powys County Times that “no final decision had been made”.
"There are lots of rumours doing the rounds, but all I can say is that both ourselves and Aberystwyth Town were assured that the Central Wales stadia chosen for development would be either Latham Park or Park Avenue," says Newtown secretary Owen Durbridge.
"These assurances were made last summer and we have not heard anything to the contrary, so obviously we’d be massively disappointed if the Welsh FA chose a club not even playing in the Welsh system."
Marc Griffiths
Photo: Latham Park is one of the two mid-Wales grounds bidding for funding.