STADIUM | Wrexham AFC Is Disappointed Not To Host Youth Cup Finals Day

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 29 Apr 2019

Wrexham AFC are sorry that the Racecourse is unable to host the local Junior League cup finals this year.

Every attempt possible has been made to host the event and we understand the desire of local players to grace the pitch and the disappointment that the venue is not available.

Due to the possibility of our first team qualifying for the Vanarama National League play-offs, we first informed our friends at the Macron Wrexham and District Youth League in January 2019 that, due to the play offs, the stadium was possibly unavailable as the Vanarama National League play-offs coincide with the weekend before vital scheduled works are due to start on the Racecourse pitch.

What work are we to do on the pitch?

A report carried out by independent consultants on the Racecourse playing surface has recommended that the top drains need to be replaced. After these works, it is due to take around nine weeks for the pitch to be playable again.

Did we have to start the work at this point of the year?

We at Wrexham AFC are not holding any concerts this summer and instead are planning to host some very exciting first-team pre-season friendlies. In order for us to achieve this, the work on the pitch had to be planned some time ago to secure the necessary contractors and must be completed on schedule.

Our home play-off game is on the Thursday could we not have facilitated the following weekend?

Due to how tight the division has been this season it is only recently that we have confirmed a definite place in the play offs and indeed the dates and times for our play-off game against Eastleigh were only confirmed at full-time on Saturday afternoon.

Therefore we were unable to make any guarantees in advance, not only the junior league, but to suppliers and staff also.

We have to plan for every eventuality when it comes to the play-offs and in the event the first-team progressed on Thursday evening in the play-off eliminator against Eastleigh, the Racecourse facilities such as dressing rooms, medical areas and offices will be in use on Friday and Saturday to give the best possible preparation for Sunday’s game at Salford City.

Also, to comply with safety regulations, the stadium needs to be fully staffed when spectators enter the premises. After consultation, sadly we would be unable to guarantee that administration, medical and safety staff the stadium would require to be used on Sunday would be available due to a possible clash with the semi-final game with Salford City.

We are proud of local Youth Football

Wrexham AFC are proud of our involvement with local grassroots football. In January we held a very successful ‘Grassroots Football Day’ where over 1,300 children and adults associated with fifty different youth football teams were invited free of charge to the stadium to watch Wrexham play Dagenham & Redbridge.

The community arm of the club, the Racecourse Community Foundation reaches out to thousands of children involved with youth football each month, providing accredited fun football for children across Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire. Most of these children have played on the Racecourse pitch during half-time in front of our spectators.

Over the last 3 years we have expanded and developed our youth engagement program, which now includes a wide variety of delivery opportunities.

We continue to deliver an extremely high standard After School Football Clubs, Soccer Schools, PE lessons, Turn Up and Play Futsal and Mini Football Sessions.

We also offer a variety of education through football programs which have been extremely popular and successful in terms of pupil engagement and development.

These programs cover numeracy, literacy, health and well-being making a fantastic supplement to the national curriculum.

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