A multi-million pound development, which will help shape the future of football in North Wales, has got underway.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) met with principal project partners and supporters at the Colliers Park site in Wrexham, earlier this month, to mark the start of construction for the new National Football Development Centre in Wrexham.
The centre, which is scheduled to open in May 2019, will complement the FAW’s existing facility at Dragon Park, Newport and will further benefit Welsh football nationally and locally by delivering accessible and high class training facilities for talented young players and the wider football workforce in North Wales.
The training facility developments will include: two top quality grass pitches and a FIFA quality 3G pitch, in addition to off pitch support facilities including activation areas, learning suites and changing facilities.
Working in partnership with Wrexham Glyndŵr University , the FAW will endeavour to improve recruitment, skills and learning in coaching, refereeing, sports performance and medicine.
The £5m investment in North Wales is provided by financial sponsors FIFA and UEFA and includes £500k funding support from Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
This investment will enhance the reputation of Wales as an excellent footballing nation by providing more players the opportunity to play for their country as well as providing the dynamic for a range of community benefits.
Football Association of Wales CEO, Jonathan Ford said: “Firstly I would like to thank our project partners; FIFA, UEFA, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Sport Wales and the Welsh Government for their support and investment in the new National Football Development Centre at Colliers Park.
“We are excited for the Football Development Centre to open next year and for the many development opportunities there will be for men, women and grassroots football in North Wales”.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University vice chancellor Prof Maria Hinfelaar said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Football Association of Wales on the new National Football Development Centre at Colliers Park, which will incorporate an education facility for our students on Sports Science and Sports Coaching degree programmes, enabling them to utilise state-of-the-art facilities.
“This is part of our Campus 2025 strategy to significantly invest in all areas of our campuses and facilities, putting students at the heart of everything we do and contributing to our local community.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas said: “I’m delighted Welsh Government have been able to support and help fund this significant development at Colliers Park as we look to build on what is unquestionably a golden age for Welsh sport and football in particular.
" Euro 2016 , Wales women’s World cup qualification campaign, Premier League club representation, individual brilliance and hosting the UEFA Champions League finals have all excited and inspired in equal measure and it’s a real boost to the region and Welsh football more broadly to see such high-class facilities come to Wrexham to help the next wave of Welsh talent flourish.”
“It’s also extremely pleasing to see the partnership between the FAW, Glyndwr University and others ensure there’s an equal focus on the complimentary aspects of elite sport, which of course will mean this project will benefit a wider range of people with a broad range of aspirations and ambitions.”
Sport Wales CEO, Sarah Powell; “Sport Wales is delighted to be supporting a facility that will enable talented boys and girls to enjoy training and playing football in a high-quality environment and support them as they strive to progress.
"This is an exciting development for North Wales and we hope that women and girls in particular will benefit from the centre and that the region’s strong tradition of developing young footballers is enhanced further.”
First published: www.dailypost.co.uk, written by Daniel Bissett 26 August 2018