Glyndŵr University appoints new Racecourse Stadium development director
26 July 2012
One of the UK’s leading stadium experts has been appointed to oversee development of the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium into a world-class sports venue.
Paul Fletcher, a former Bolton, Burnley and England Under-23 footballer, has joined the university as stadium development director.
Former commercial director of the new Wembley stadium, Paul has worked as chief executive at Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, Burnley and Huddersfield Town along with a number of other high-profile roles.
He has overseen the development of new stadia including the Reebok at Bolton, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and Huddersfield’s Alfred McAlpine Stadium (now the Galpharm Stadium).
Acting in a consultant capacity, he will be advising on the redevelopment of the historic stadium, which was bought by the university last summer.
He said: “I am currently involved with a number of similar projects involving football and education and hope that my experience in stadium development will assist Glyndŵr University achieve their own exciting plans for this famous stadium.”
Glyndŵr University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Scott said: “The appointment of Paul Fletcher to advise on the development of the stadium will support the university’s continued development of higher education programmes related to sport, for the benefit of students and the wider community.”
Wrexham FC football board director Don Bircham said: 'We share Glyndŵr University's vision for a world-class stadium and will continue to strive for a team worthy of playing in it.
“I am delighted that the world's oldest international football stadium is in good hands.'
Crusaders chief executive Jamie Thomas said: "This is an extremely important appointment for both Glyndŵr University and sport in North Wales in general.
“To bring in someone of such calibre to assist in the future development of the stadium is testament to the ambition of the university and their vision of what can be achieved.
“From a Rugby league perspective, as Wales' fastest growing sport, the stadium is home to both North Wales Crusaders and also Wales Rugby League and with the additional development planned it will undoubtedly become a truly world class facility, one which we will be honoured to play in."
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium is home to Wrexham FC and the Crusaders rugby league team, as well as hosting international rugby and football.
It will house a new student guild and matchday bar in the refurbished Centenary Club, and plays a key role across a number of the university’s academic areas, as well as providing a facility for conferences and events for businesses and voluntary organisations.
Paul Fletcher made more than 400 appearances for Burnley. He was called in to the full England squad by Don Revie but a serious knee injury put paid to his chances of being capped. A second knee injury ended his career at the age of 32.
Since retiring from playing, Paul has gone on to become one of Europe’s leading stadium experts.
He lives with his wife and family in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. He is an active member of the George Formby Appreciation Society and in 2007 was awarded the MBE for services to football in the New Year’s honours list.