For the first ever time, the Dafabet Welsh Premier League has been included in the annual BBC Price of Football study which looks at the average price of the cheapest match-day tickets in and around Europe.
The survey shows that Welsh Premier League matches are the best value in Britain, with average ticket prices of just £7.
Having been overlooked last year, Thttp://www.tnsfc.co.uk/welsh-premier-league-included-in-bbc-survey-for-first-time-and-it-shows-games-are-best-value-in-britain/he New Saints FC Chairman Mike Harris has spent time ensuring that the WPL was recognised this time round and it seems to have paid off, with the BBC including the Welsh National League (FAW Welsh Premier League) which has been in existence since its formulation back in 1992.
The in-depth survey looks at the price of match-day tickets, season tickets, match programmes as well as club merchandise.
Titled the Price of Football, the survey is in its fifth year and is the largest study of its kind in Britain, covering 230 clubs across 13 leagues in British football and from this year will be including the Welsh Premier League.
The Barclays Premier League has once again raised ticket prices contributing to a 6.54% year-on-year rise. It now averages £30.68, up from £28.80. This is despite the recent deal struck between Sky, BT and the Premier League which is worth an eye-watering £5.136bn for three seasons and the rights to show just 168 matches live from 2016-17.
Chairman at The New Saints Football Club, Mike Harris commented: “We are delighted to have been included in this survey and were disappointed to have been excluded from it in previous years. I’d like to thank the BBC for including us and the FAW for backing my complaint. I’m glad that our hard work behind-the-scenes has paid off. I’d encourage other clubs in the league to join forces and continue to campaign for the league to be given the recognition it deserves.”
WPL Secretary, Gwyn Derfel added: “The findings confirm that the Dafabet Welsh Premier League offers great value for money which is further proof that the WPL is a League worth supporting.”