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STATEMENT | The Racecourse Ground - Lease

20 November 2023

The Club were delighted to be informed that the Directors of the Wrexham Football Supporter’s Society Limited (‘WST’) would be recommending to their membership that they should accept our proposal to surrender the lease for The Racecourse Ground.

The surrender of the lease is required by the Club to enable the funding for the Kop Development / UEFA Stadium Category 4 status to be secured.

The negotiations between the Club and those representing the WST have been undertaken against the backdrop of wanting to ensure that everyone’s interests were protected. We believe that we have achieved this objective.

As part of the deal, the Club will make a payment of £187,000 upon surrender of the lease, a payment of £1,000 per annum (increasing by 3% per annum) and meet the legal costs of the WST connected with the surrender of the lease.

The most significant non-financial commitment made by the Club was the positive commitment that the Men’s first team will continue to play at the Racecourse Ground until at least  June 30, 2115.

Co-chairman Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds said: "We were delighted to receive the support of the Directors of the WST and share their understandable desire to protect the long-term future of the Club.

"Our legacy at the Club will not be defined while we are its custodians, so we wanted to address the anomaly in the WST lease for the Racecourse Ground that did not include the requirement for the team to actually play at the stadium, only not allow it to be used for any other purpose. We didn’t want anyone in the future to be able to exploit that position.

"The payment of £187,000, is an  equivalent amount to that contributed by fans to save the Club. To know that we will provide the funding to effectively pay everyone back who contributed to save the Club is worth every penny and gives us a great deal of satisfaction.

"We would appeal to the 824 members who have a vote, to do so in favour of the proposal and allow the Club to continue on this wonderful journey we are all on."

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