Wrexham value-to-community Kop development


Wrexham AFC stadium update June 2024 Image: Wrexham AFC and AFL

The English Football League (EFL) League One club Wrexham A.F.C. has shared several exciting updates regarding the ongoing development of their home ground – the StōK Cae Ras in Wrexham, Wales (UK) – driven by its evolving vision for the club’s future.

‘wrexhamafc.co.uk’ stated that the temporary stand of their residence has been extended which will accommodate approximately 3,000 seats. This temporary solution will remain in place until the Kop Development begins.

London (UK)-based the English Football League (EFL) is a league of professional football clubs from England and Wales (UK). Founded in 1888 as the Football League, it is the oldest football league in the world, and was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992 when the top 22 clubs split from it to form the Premier League (the highest level of the English football league system). The Football League was rebranded as the ‘English Football League’ (EFL) from the 2016-2017 seasons.

The Wrexham Association Football Club is a professional association football club based in Wrexham, Wales (UK). Formed in 1864, it is the oldest club in Wales and the third-oldest professional association football team in the world. They compete in EFL League One, the third level of the English football league system.

The 12,600-capacity Racecourse Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as the STōK Cae Ras (or STōK Racecourse), is a football stadium in Wrexham, Wales (UK). It is the home of Wrexham A.F.C.

The Kop Development project at Wrexham AFC’s home venue – the STōK Cae Ras – is a redevelopment of the Kop Stand to accommodate 5,500 spectators. The project will also increase the stadium’s capacity to 15,000 and turn the ground back into a four-sided stadium.

‘wrexhamafc.co.uk’ further stated that the club and the Wrexham Council have also reassessed the stadium development plans, particularly the new Kop, to ensure they deliver the best possible fan experience and provide the most value to the community. The Wrexham A.F.C. plan to focus on making the stadium a year-round destination, not just a matchday venue, which will drive significant economic impact for the City of Wrexham.

The club has agreements in principle to purchase the land required for the Kop development’s footprint. In the meantime, the club is working closely with the Wrexham Council to review the terms of the Grant Funding Agreement to ensure it aligns with the future needs of the club.

The Grant Funding Agreement contains provisions intended to protect the monies given for those purposes.

The Wrexham A.F.C. stated that they deeply appreciate the ongoing partnership and support from the Wrexham Council, the Wrexham University, the Welsh Government, and The Football Association (FA) of Wales as the club work through these developments. The club will be having regular planning meetings with the partners to move forward the work and will provide regular public updates on the progress.

Cardiff (UK)-based The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football and futsal in Wales and controls the Wales national football team, its corresponding women’s team, as well as the Wales national futsal team. It is a member of FIFA, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as the West Asian countries of Cyprus, Armenia and Israel. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Since 2022, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is a self-regulatory body that sets, amends and clarifies the rules of association football, also known as the Laws of the Game.

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