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All bright on the night as Frome Town FC switch on new floodlights

All bright on the night as Frome Town FC switch on new floodlights

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Somerset-based Frome Town FC officially switched on their brand new floodlights for the first time, at a match against Weymouth FC yesterday (Wednesday 16 August). The new lighting installation has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The funding has enabled Frome Town to fit four new state-of the-art floodlight columns. This replaces their existing lighting provision, which was originally installed in the 1970s. 

The new lamps are stronger and more reliable, providing much-needed flexibility for the club when it comes to scheduling training and fixtures. By enabling them to play into the evening and during the winter months safely, the club can provide loyal spectators with an improved match-day experience. 

The project received £29,498 from the Premier League through the FSIF. The new floodlights will not only benefit the club, but other users of the facility including: Frome Town Ladies FC; Frome Town Sports; Frome Town Robins and the Somerset FA. 

The lighting upgrade has helped Frome Town to meet Grade C requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria. Currently playing in the Premier Division of the Southern League, the club hopes that this will aid their future progress into the National League. 

Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters. 

Jeremy Alderman, Frome Town FC Chairman, said: “We are ambitious at Frome and are doing our best to continually improve the facilities at the Club as well as providing an ever increasing standard of football and pushing our community work. 

“These new floodlights, funded by our Supporters Club and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, are one more step towards what we want to achieve and we are grateful for everyone’s support and contributions.” 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am very glad that a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the FSIF, has helped Frome Town FC to install brand new floodlights. This will help the club and other stadium users, including Frome Town Ladies, to benefit from more flexible training and matches. 

“Projects such as this highlight the Premier League’s commitment to improving stadium infrastructure at lower levels of the game, with the goal of improving the experience for all – players, coaches and spectators alike.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Gary Collinson at gary@frometownfc.co.uk or on 01373 464 087
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

Photograph Credit: Patrick Moss

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“These new floodlights, funded by our Supporters Club and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, are one more step towards what we want to achieve and we are grateful for everyone’s support and contributions.” - Jeremy Alderman, Frome Town FC Chairman 

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