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Wakefield announce move to Belle Vue

22nd January, 2023

Toolstation NCEL Division One side Wakefield AFC have announced a move to Belle Vue Stadium in the city from the start of the 2023/24 season.

The ground, known as the Be Well Support Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is home to Wakefield Trinity rugby league club and has a capacity of 9,333.

It means that Wakefield will leave their current home, Featherstone Rovers' Millenium Stadium, when this season finishes in April.

A statement released by Trinity said: "The intention is that this initial three-year arrangement will be the start of a long-term relationship, cementing the Be Well Support Stadium at the heart of both professional and community sport in the city of Wakefield."

Wakefield AFC will have a full-time presence at the ground and will train as well as playing their men's and women's first team games there.

Chairman Guilherme Decca said: "In the summer of 2021, [director] Andre [Ikeda] and I had the opportunity to visit Belle Vue for the first time.

"That day, it was clear to us that Wakefield AFC should, at some point, be playing in the centre of the city, especially in a stadium with so much history and tradition. Unfortunately, our previous ownership situation did not allow that to happen at the time.

"Since that visit, much has changed at Wakefield AFC, and a lot of progress has happened on and off the pitch.

"Over time, we also got to know Trinity better and developed a great relationship while re-establishing many links with the local community.

"As a club, we could not be more excited about the move and the great new facilities being built at Belle Vue, including a new grass-hybrid pitch, gym, state-of-the-art new stand, amenities, parking, and food options.

"More importantly, it gives Wakefield AFC a base to further develop our community initiatives, like free youth football, and brings us one step closer to our goal of building an exciting and self-sustainable football club.

"There are also a few great ideas we will be working on with Trinity, which over time will benefit both fan bases and the Wakefield community as a whole.

"For now, we are very focused on finishing the 2022/23 season strong with a nice play-off run, but at the same time can’t wait to host old and new fans at Belle Vue during our pre-season in the Summer of 2023."

John Minards, chairman of Wakefield Trinity, said: "We are really excited to welcome Decca and the whole Wakefield AFC team to Belle Vue.

"We have had an ongoing dialogue with the football team for some time and it is great that the current redevelopments, and in particular our state of the art playing surface, now enable community clubs, and Wakefield AFC in particular, to join us.

"There are lots of exciting areas where we can partnership with Wakefield AFC going forward and all of us at Wakefield Trinity look forward to working with them.”

(Story Source: Wakefield Trinity)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 North Ferriby 38 95 55
P 2 Winterton Rangers 38 81 40
3 Emley AFC 38 77 43
4 Garforth Town 38 70 36
5 Penistone Church 38 68 19
6 Hallam 38 67 21
7 Barton Town 38 64 21
R 8 Hemsworth MW 38 55 8
9 Golcar United 38 54 13
10 Knaresborough 38 53 -2
11 Silsden AFC 38 51 -4
12 Albion Sports 38 51 -4
13 Maltby Main 38 48 -15
14 Thackley 38 46 -4
15 Eccleshill United 38 43 -11
16 Handsworth 38 42 -13
17 Frickley Athletic 38 36 -20
18 Bottesford Town 38 29 -37
19 Goole AFC 38 25 -66
R 20 Yorkshire Amateur 38 15 -80
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Campion 38 98 102
2 Harrogate Railway 38 86 51
P 3 Rossington Main 38 84 57
4 Wakefield AFC 38 70 34
5 Staveley MW 38 63 22
6 Horbury Town 38 60 28
7 Retford FC 38 59 3
8 Armthorpe Welfare 38 58 -5
9 Brigg Town 38 55 8
10 Selby Town 38 52 -9
11 Beverley Town 38 51 -1
12 Nostell MW 38 44 -14
13 Ollerton Town 38 41 -72
14 Parkgate 38 40 -15
15 Worsbrough Bridge 38 40 -19
16 Dronfield Town 38 40 -25
17 Glasshoughton Welf 38 40 -31
18 Shirebrook Town 38 36 -32
19 Swallownest 38 36 -35
20 Athersley Rec 38 30 -47

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