WREXHAM WOMEN'S application to compete in the newly restructured FAW Tier 2 North league has been successful.

Luke Wynne’s side will be joined in the new second-tier regional league by Airbus UK Broughton, Bethel, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Denbigh Town, Llandudno, Llanfair United and Pwllheli.

The FAW’s major restructure of the domestic women’s game was implemented following a full review of the pyramid in 2020. The new pyramid structure includes eight teams in the top division, Tier 1, and the introduction of a new regional Tier 2 league in the North and South with eight teams in each league. There will also be a new Under-19s league in North and South Wales.

Head of female football, Gemma Owen said: “We are delighted to be a founding member of the newly formed Tier 2 North league and can’t wait to start the season.

“This is a pivotal moment for women’s football in Wales and we couldn’t be happier to be involved. The support for this team at the club has been clear for all to see. We’d like to show our appreciation to Wrexham AFC along with the club’s media team for supporting us through this application and committing time and resources to the team.

“Luke and the Women’s first-team staff are already putting in the work to prepare for the upcoming season and they have our full support.

“We have some serious ambition for our women’s side. We want to be competing at the very top and central to that will be the support of the Wrexham AFC fans and the community.

“Every little gesture will not go unnoticed whether it be a message of support on social media or attending a game when it’s safe to do so.”

As well as success on the pitch, Owen reiterated the club’s desire to boost the game in Wrexham and wider Wales too.

“We aim to reward the supporters with success on the pitch, but we also remain committed to working within the community in collaboration with the Racecourse Community Foundation in order to continue to grow the female game,” she added.

“Our players and staff will play a key part in this growth, not only in Wrexham but in surrounding communities across North Wales and beyond.

“Once again we’re excited to be a part of this league and hopefully Wrexham AFC Women will be able to play a considerable role in expanding and growing the female game in Wales for years to come.”

Lowri Roberts, FAW Head of Women’s Football, said of the restructure: “It’s been inspiring to see the level of work clubs have put into their application.

“We’ve seen a real shift in mindset from the clubs in how they are developing elite environments for players and how they are building for a sustainable future.

“As a result, all clubs will be collectively striving to continuously improve standards in a competitive environment.”

The new visual identity and names of the top two tiers and the Under-19 leagues will be unveiled in August, ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Preparations for a solid first campaign have now begun at Wrexham, and the recruitment process to strengthen the current squad is underway.

Anybody wishing to play a part in a very exciting future for the club, should contact womensfootball@wrexhamfc.tv.