Oswestry Stadium
Architect's impression of the proposed new stadium.
SAINTS have moved a step closer to leaving their Treflan home and playing in Oswestry.
It was announced today that a partnership of Oswestry Borough Council and TNS FC is working to create a new sports park in the town, which potentially will include the provision of a new 3,000 seater stadium.
The ground would comply with the current Uefa infrastructure criteria, enabling European matches to be staged in Oswestry.
The club has been planning to develop a new stadium over the border, since it announced it was to merge with Oswestry Town last summer.
However, it is believed financial and legal complications have delayed the finalisation of the merger and the stadium plans.
At a press conference in Oswestry today, TNS boss Mike Harris said that the plans would ensure that TNS play European matches at a purpose-built stadium in the town.
"We want to encourage the people of Oswestry and beyond to fully support this exciting new venture and support the club in its quest for Champions League Football, not only this season, but for future seasons to come" said Harris.
The stadium would have complementary leisure facilities and is seen as the first stage in what is likely to be a multi-million pound project, that will provide the whole of the Borough and its hinterland with new swimming pools, indoor facilities, and an external all weather pitch.
The stadium would be part of a 25 acre sports park.
Council leader Miss Betty Gull said: "The proposals are extremely exciting and provide a template for leisure in the 21st century.
"However, a lot of hard work will be required to gather additional partners and secure external funding", she added.
Harris refused to be drawn on the location of the proposed site, but candidates include Oswestry's Park Hall Stadium, currently used for TNS reserve, youth and ladies football, and the town's former cattle market.
Harris also said that TNS are committed to remaining in the Welsh Premier.
"People are only just waking up to the opportunities that the League offers for European participation," he said.
26 February 2021