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Boost for Leamington FC as ground improvements are completed

Boost for Leamington FC as ground improvements are completed

Opening ceremony @ Leamington FC

Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, helped Leamington Football Club celebrate the completion of their stadium upgrade at their New Windmill Ground home on Saturday (14th February). The project was made possible thanks to two separate grants totalling £49,722 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funder of non-league football in the country.

Chris White MP unveiled the improvements at Leamington FC, who currently play in the Vanarama Conference North, ahead of the club’s victory against Gainsborough Trinity FC. The ground improvements have included the installation of a new 170-seater covered terraced stand, spectator safety barriers, two additional turnstiles, a new catering area, medical room and accessible spectator toilets. Improvements have also been made to hard-standing areas around the pitch and the dugouts.

The works have enabled Leamington FC to meet all Step 2 National League System ground grading requirements, ensuring that they continue to play at their current level.

Leamington FC have been the beneficiaries of numerous FSIF grants, previously receiving money to assist with the development of a new main stand and floodlights amongst several other general ground improvement projects. In total, since it’s creation in 2000, the FSIF has provided six separate grants totalling £87,147 to the club.

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.

Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, commented: “It was a real honour to attend the opening of Leamington FC’s ground improvements. The new facilities will be an excellent resource for both the club and local community. I am very grateful to the Premier League for this investment through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and to the club members who have worked so hard to make this happen.”

Jim Scott, Chairman, Leamington FC, remarked: "The funding from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund has been invaluable in supporting our efforts. The new toilets, catering unit, covered standing, relocated main stand, widened pathways, additional turnstiles and improved entrance area have all made a significant difference to spectator comfort and experience, as well as enabling us to meet the necessary ground grading requirements. We are hugely grateful for their support."

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, added: “Since the creation of the FSIF in 2000, we have worked closely with Leamington FC to help them carry out a range of ground improvements at the New Windmill Ground. The tremendous work carried out by members of both organisations has meant that the club can now look forward to a bright future.”

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