Welsh Premier offers free entry in bid to boost numbers

The Welsh Premier League will open their doors for free to any fans holding tickets for Wales' World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in the hope of raising the profile of the national league.

The campaign "Support Your Club and Country" will allow fans into four games over the weekend if they hold a Wales v Macedonia ticket.

Support across the league has been low since it was founded in the 1994/5 season with average attendance peaking at just 343 in 2010/11.

Last season saw that figure drop for the third consecutive season to 279.

But organisers hope that the new campaign will act as a catalyst for new fans to come and watch their local Welsh Premier League side.

It's just a good opportunity to support your club and country on the same weekend. Because World Cup qualifiers can't be played in North Wales at present - I hope that the northern fans will take up the chance of watching Wales on the Friday and then their own team in the Corbett Sports WPL on the Saturday or Sunday.

– Gwyn Derfel, WPL


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