Newtown has launched a bid to have the proposed Welsh National Football Museum built in the locality.
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council has written to the Welsh Government to support the consortium of businesses that have put forward the plan. The council’s letter asks for the town to be included in the feasibility studies being done to find a home for the museum.
The proposal would see the Welsh National Football Museum constructed on a 121-acre site that includes the current football ground of Newtown AFC, which plays in the Welsh Premier League. The consortium would apply for £1.1 million of lottery funding to finance the development.
The council has suggested that the museum form part of the proposed Mid Wales Growth Deal, a Government initiative intended to create more employment and prosperity through investment.
Wrexham has also submitted a plan for including the museum as part of its racecourse redevelopment.
A UK National Football Museum opened in Manchester in 2012, following a relocation from Deepdale stadium in Preston. Between 2012 and 2014, it welcomed 1 million visitors.
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