DECIDING where to pilot large events in Wales this summer was not done on geographical basis, the First Minister has said.

Earlier this week a list of events was released by the Welsh Government as they look set to test the return of crowds to sport, theatre and business events.

However, many were quick to share their disappointment that almost all events were based in the South Wales are – leading to some saying that the northern region had been excluded completely.

Today, Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said that this list was not made with geography in mind.

He told the press: “There is no geographical reason the events are where they are – they were in different parts of the country when we had our first pilots back in August and September.

“I am sure that if Wrexham reach the play-offs then there will be a pilot event where people can attend the home leg of that.”

Mr Drakeford refers to events in the tail end of last summer trialled in Wales. In this, Flintshire’s Theatr Clwyd was included as well as a car rally at Anglesey Circuit.

The Labour MS also referenced how his Welsh Government colleague Lesley Griffiths would be one of many who would be keen to see the local team be part of a pilot event.

Wrexham’s recently re-elected Senedd Member has been calling on the Welsh Government to allow fans into the Racecourse Stadium if the Reds make the play-offs.

The Leader has previously reported how the new Minister for North Wales said she would “love to see” fans allowed into the stadium if Wrexham AFC cling on to their play-off place.

In a previous statement, Ms Griffiths said: “If Wrexham AFC make the playoffs and are due to host a game, I would love to see the Racecourse included as one of the pilot events.

"I have already raised this with the First Minister and will do all I can to make sure it happens."