Bangor 1876 appeal against Tier 3 certificate refusal

Bangor 1876’s faithful fans are keeping a keen eye on the club’s application for a Tier 3 certificate. Picture: Dafydd Hughes

Bangor 1876 have confirmed they will appeal against the FAW’s initial refusal to grant them a Tier 3 certificate.

The 2019-20 Gwynedd League champions were informed this week that their first application had been turned down.

Today the club revealed the reason why.

A statement said: “The official communication we received on Friday 26 June states that the reason is that it was not possible for the sanitary facilities for spectators to be viewed at the time of the final inspection.

“We have been working with Bangor University in order to develop a plan to ensure that facilities at Treborth comply with the Tier 3 standards. This project notably involved plans to redevelop the changing rooms.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we could not implement all elements of the initial plans by the revised 16 June deadline for work to be completed. For this reason, we have developed alternative proposals to provide facilities that satisfy the Tier 3 requirements.

“We came up with a solution whereby the toilets in the Pavilion would be for the use of the teams and officials only on match days, with additional provision being made near the stand to cater for spectators.

“We presented a plan showing our amended arrangements to the FAW’s Inspector. However, we had at that time not rented the temporary toilet units as we did not want to incur additional expenditure for their rental at a time when they would not be used, and because we have yet to be informed when the 2020-21 season will commence.

“As far as we are aware from reading the letter, the absence of physical evidence of toilets being on site is the sole reason we have not met the criteria associated with Tier 3 Certification.

“We intend to submit an appeal against the decision announced on Thursday, and it will be considered by the FAW’s independent appeals committee when it meets on 8 July.”

The statement added: “It is important to note that the achieving Tier 3 Certification does not guarantee Tier 3 football.

“Indeed, no clubs have yet been officially awarded Tier 3 status as the composition of the new leagues from Tier 3 downwards will only be decided when the FAW’s National Leagues Board meets on 10 July.

“At this stage, there are already 77 clubs who have met the Tier 3 Certification standards but there are only 64 places in Tier 3 available in the four new leagues which will be created in different geographical areas.

“We have strong ambitions to progress within the Welsh pyramid and feel that it is well worth investing in our facilities in order to further our desire for progression.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bangor University for their support over the course of the last year, in particular in relation to plans for further developing facilities at Treborth.

“We would also like to express our gratitude to fans and sponsors who have played a key role in helping us to work towards our goals on and off the field during what has already been an exciting journey.

“Together with a fantastic squad of players and coaches, we will continue to work towards ensuring that our club continues to progress and builds on what it has already achieved in a short space of time.”

Tier 3 Certification first instance results as they affect North Wales

Granted FAW Tier 3 Certification for 2020/21 season

Existing Tier 3 applicant clubs

Welsh Alliance League One
Blaenau Amateurs
Denbigh Town
Holyhead Hotspur
Nantlle Vale
Llandudno Albion (at Maesdu Park, Llandudno)
Llanrwst United
St Asaph City

Welsh National League Premier Division
Brickfield Rangers
Cefn Albion (at The Rock, Cefn)
Chirk AAA
Holywell Town
Llay Welfare
Llanuwchllyn (at Maes Tegid, Bala)
Mold Alexandra

Welsh Alliance Division 2
Barmouth and Dyffryn
Y Felinheli

Gwynedd League

In addition, the following clubs relegated from Tier 2 to Tier 3 also meet the Tier 3 criteria:
Llanfair United

Not granted Tier 3 Certification for the 2020/21 season

Welsh Alliance League One
Bodedern Athletic
Mynydd Llandegai

Welsh National League Premier Division
FC Queen’s Park
Rhos Aelwyd
Saltney Town

Welsh Alliance Division 2
Penmaenmawr Phoenix

Welsh National League Division 1
Lex XI

Withdrawn Applications
Penrhyndeudraeth (Welsh Alliance League 1)
Llandudno Amateurs (Welsh Alliance League 2)
Llangollen Town (Welsh National League 1)
Nefyn United (Gwynedd League)

In addition, applied but have confirmed that they will not meet the Tier 3 criteria in the short term
Llannefydd (Welsh Alliance League 2)

Finally, in line with the FAW Pyramid Regulations, the following clubs applied for a vacancy at Tier 3 and their Tier 3 applications were therefore considered by the Panel

Granted Tier 3 Certification
Hawarden Rangers (Welsh National League 1)

Not granted Tier 3 Certification
Bangor 1876 (Gwynedd League)

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