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Boost for Boroughbridge AFC as Andrew Jones MP opens upgraded facilities

Boost for Boroughbridge AFC as Andrew Jones MP opens upgraded facilities

Andrew Jones MP

On Friday, Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, helped Boroughbridge AFC celebrate the opening of their refurbished changing room pavilion and real grass pitch improvements, which were made possible thanks to a £49,072 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The project comprises the construction of a single-storey extension to the existing clubhouse to provide an additional team changing room and two officials’ changing rooms. A new pitch perimeter and a concrete footpath, enhancing accessibility for wheelchair users, were also installed thanks to the FSIF grant. Other works included the refurbishment of seating in the existing four changing rooms.

Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF 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.

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, commented: “It was a real honour to cut the ribbon at the opening of Boroughbridge AFC’s refurbished changing rooms. The new facilities will be an excellent resource for both the club and local community to use for many years to come. I am very thankful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and to the team at the club who have worked so hard to make this happen.” 

Andrew Willey, Chairman of Boroughbridge AFC, said: "I would like to thank all those who have been involved with bringing this project to fruition. With the hard work of club officials, advice and support from both the West Riding County FA and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, these works are now complete bringing great benefits to the many people who use our facilities."

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that my colleagues and I have been able to award this grant to Boroughbridge AFC to allow them to improve their changing facilities and make vital pitch improvements which will be of great benefit both to the club and members of the local community. Additionally, I am very grateful to Andrew Jones MP for giving up his time on a Friday evening to formally open the new facilities.”

 

ENDS

For more information contact:

  • Kevin Hoare on 07720 805 459 or kevin@boroughbridgeafc.com
  • Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk 

 

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Andrew Jones MP with shirt
Andrew Jones MP

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