Wrexham’s case for national football museum strengthened

A final decision on Wrexham being the location for a national football museum has moved a step closer following the latest statement announced by the Welsh Government.

Lesley Griffiths AM has championed the case for a national, football-related museum to be sited in Wrexham and has welcomed the Welsh Government’s update.

She said: “Wrexham is a passionate footballing town and the rightful home of Welsh football, which makes it is the ideal location to exhibit our nation’s proud sporting heritage.”

“The Welsh Government has outlined its broad support for the feasibility study’s findings and there can be little doubt this investment, right in the heart of the town, would be a fantastic asset not just for Wrexham, but for North Wales in general.”

“Having made representations to the Welsh Government, the desire for the museum to be located in Wrexham is clear. Further discussions with key partners are underway and I will continue to support the development.”

Dafydd Elis Thomas AM, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “The case for creating a football related museum and visitor attraction was set out clearly in the consultants’ report. This concluded that developing new facilities at Wrexham Museum would be the best option to create a showcase for our football heritage.

“The study also recommended that this be done in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru, which continues to collect and promote sporting heritage as an integral part of the cultural life and national history of Wales. As I outlined in the plenary debate in November, I do see investment in the local museum in Wrexham as a pragmatic and achievable approach that can deliver a high quality result.

“The realisation of this, however, lies not just with the Welsh Government and discussions have now begun with the key partners. I have asked my officials to determine an agreed way forward by the end of the summer.