Glyndŵr Wrexham Football Academy Players Unveiled
Glyndŵr Wrexham Football Academy (GWFA) has unveiled the first team of students aiming to net games, goals and a higher education.
The ground breaking partnership between Glyndŵr University and Wrexham FC has attracted 15 players from across the UK.
The majority of the squad played at Premier League, Football League or international level.
They have come from teams including Manchester City, QPR, Leeds United, Preston North End, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Burnley, to the delight of Academy managers Lee Jones and Adam Owen, and Wrexham FC director Barry Horne.
Supported by ambassadors Michael Owen, Aaron Ramsay and Neil Taylor, GWFA will allow the footballers to study for a degree at Glyndŵr while training and playing for the Dragons or a feeder club based in the Welsh football league.
Team Lesotho return to Glyndŵr
African athletes training for the Commonwealth Games joined school pupils and sporting youngsters at a cultural celebration.
Team Lesotho are living and training at Glyndŵr University in preparation for the competition, but took time out of their busy schedule to attend the event in Wrexham today (Friday).
Held at the Catrin Finch Centre, the 21 athletes, their management team and coaches were treated to a performance of Welsh songs by up to 60 children from Ysgol Bodhyfryd, Hightown.
The youngsters also sang an African chorus and joined the team in an impromptu dance, before presentations were made to the visiting group, who are representing athletics, boxing, mountain biking, swimming, squash and table tennis.
Team Lesotho manager Tlali Rampooana said it was a pleasure to return to North Wales – the athletes also stayed in Wrexham ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games – and thanked Glyndŵr University for being “wonderful hosts”.