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Brocton FC in full bloom as World Cup winner Ron Flowers opens hospitality suite

Brocton FC in full bloom as World Cup winner Ron Flowers opens hospitality suite

Brocton FC in full bloom as World Cup winner Ron Flowers opens hospitality suite.JPG

Ron Flowers, a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad, officially unveiled Brocton FC’s brand new hospitality suite recently (Saturday 29 July). The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). 

The funding has enabled Brocton to make much-needed improvements to their existing hospitality area. The upgraded facility now includes a club room and kitchen, both of which will support classroom-based sports training and use by community groups. 

The club will now be able better cater for its teams, which play in the Midland Football League, and its increasing number of fans on match days. Brocton will also be able to host other teams more comfortably post-match.

Recently, links have been forged with Burnley FC, after two of Brocton’s young players progressed to the club’s Under-23 squad. Brocton FC hopes that by meeting the Grade F requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria, through the hospitality suite project, they will be able to give more of their players similar opportunities. 

The club received £65,219 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, which helped to make the hospitality suite project a success.

Other funding for the project includes: £10,000 from the Football Foundation; £59,660 from Sport England; £8,300 from Brocton FC’s own funds; £4,500 from Comic Relief and £2,500 from Sport Stafford Borough. 

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.

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level.

Ron Flowers, who scored 10 goals for the England team between 1955 and 1966, said: “I’d like to thank Brocton FC for inviting me to do the official unveiling of their new hospitality suite. I am very glad to hear that the upgrade will help the club to better support their teams, and improve the match day experience for all. This will help them to foster love of the game in its players, fans and this community as a whole. Well done to them and the Premier League’s investment, for making this project a success.”

Brian Townsend, Chairman of Brocton FC, said: “I am very grateful to all of the grant funders who have come together to make this new facility possible. The new hospitality suite adds to our excellent sporting venue at Silkmore Lane.”   

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the FSIF, said: “I am pleased that this grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF, has enabled Brocton FC to upgrade their hospitality suite. I’d like to thank Ron Flowers for taking the time to unveil it.

“The new kitchen and clubroom will improve the comfort of players, spectators and local community members alike. This is an excellent example of the generous funding the Premier League provides for lower league stadia improvement projects.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

-Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk  
- Brian Townsend on 07766 781 583 or townsend_b1@sky.com

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"I am very glad to hear that the upgrade will help the club to better support their teams, and improve the match day experience for all. This will help them to foster love of the game in its players, fans and this community as a whole." - Ron Flowers, World Cup winner with England in 1966

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