Bangor City have been successful in achieving UEFA and Domestic Club Licences for the 2013/14 season.
Clubs must hold the Domestic Licence to be allowed to participate in the Welsh Premier League, and the UEFA Licence to be able to take part in European competition (Champions’ League or Europa League).
The decision was made by the Football Association of Wales’ Club Licensing First Instance Body meeting in Cardiff recently, and it’s a major vote of confidence in City’s off-field facilities and administration.
Welcoming the news, City Chairman Dilwyn Jones said, ‘We are very pleased to have gained this essential accreditation, once again at the first time of asking.
‘This shows that we are continuing to develop as a club, both on and off the field, and have structures in place to build on the success we have already achieved.
‘Licensing criteria cover such areas as facilities, financial control, community involvement and youth development. By attaining the same seal of approval as have Europe’s biggest and most successful clubs we have clearly shown we doing well ‘behind the scenes’ as well as on the pitch.
‘This continued ‘thumbs-up’ is a vote of confidence in the time and effort invested by my fellow directors, members of the club management board and other officers, and I offer them all my sincere thanks for their hard work.’
City are challenging for Europa League qualification on two fronts – chasing a League runners’-up spot, and looking forward to a Welsh Cup final encounter with Prestatyn Town, having defeated The New Saints 1 – 0 in a thrilling semi-final held at Rhyl last weekend.