Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012

FAW respond to WAG Report

The Senedd

The Senedd

The Football Association of Wales welcomes the publication of the report into the future and role of the Welsh Premier League published on November 19th, 2012.

The Association appreciates the time, effort and commitment of those individuals and groups who have made a valuable contribution. The opportunity to take part in the inquiry, to seek the views of those who have the interest and long term improvement of the Welsh Premier League was welcomed.

In the Strategic Plan launched by the FAW in January 2012 we state our intention to raise the profile and standard of the national game, providing a pathway to the international stage. Our aim is a Premier League and a domestic competition that has a strong sporting identity within the Welsh sporting psyche.

We acknowledge the key recommendations made in the report:

  • 3/4G pitches.
  • To strengthen and improve the growing relationship between the FAW and the Welsh Government.
  • The Community Hub Model for WPL clubs.
  • The relationship between the FAW and WPL Clubs.

    The FAW has been pro-active in building upon all four recommendations as outlined in our Strategic Plan launched at the beginning of the year. FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said;

    "Football is well recognised as a powerful social tool which can lead to a major impact on the health and social wellbeing of individuals as well as contributing greatly to our communities here in Wales.

    "This has been recognised by the FAW and in other countries across the world.

    "We welcome the findings of the report and look forward to further develop our relationship with the Welsh Government. We hope this relationship can lead to tangible benefits to our clubs and the communities they represent. It is important that we build on the findings of the report and ensure that football can contribute to tackle a number of local and national issues.

    "Through the established partnerships and joint financial commitment we seek a strong, vibrant Welsh Premier."