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Sports students to benefit from investment in football training facility

February 5 2018

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Sports students at Wrexham Glyndwr University will benefit from investment in Colliers Park training facility.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is to sign a 99-year lease with the University and plans to transform the Gresford complex into a National Development Centre.

A 28-day consultation is now underway, and proposals for the site are available to view in reception on Plas Coch campus before being submitted to Wrexham council in the Spring.

These include improved surfaces and an enhanced provision for the community and local football teams, as well as revamping off-pitch accommodation.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar said: “The investment in Colliers Park will be great news for students on our football and sports coaching degrees, who will prosper in these new surroundings.

“The FAW’s plans are very impressive and support the University’s Campus 2025 redevelopment programme, as well as the community.

“It is also a big boost for football in this region and the FAW in North Wales, so we fully support their vision.”

A spokesman for the FAW added: “The proposed development demonstrates the FAW’s commitment to North Wales and represents a significant investment in the area.

“With the investment to develop high quality training facilities, the FAW aims to deliver national training, coach education, improvements to national and regional player development performance pathways and amongst creating further competitive opportunities in North Wales.

Wrexham Glyndwr University had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FAW in respect of football and coaching degrees, which also looked to establish women and girls teams and leagues in partnership with Wrexham AFC, the council and education institutions in north east Wales.