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Dover the moon! Charlie Elphicke MP unveils new football stand

Dover the moon! Charlie Elphicke MP unveils new football stand

Dover the moon! Charlie Elphicke MP unveils new football stand

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover, officially opened Dover Athletic FC’s new 500-seater stand at the Crabble Stadium recently (Saturday 19 November 2016), 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 opening celebrations were held as part of the club’s league fixture vs Guiseley FC.

Through this project, Dover Athletic FC have built a new wheelchair-accessible stand, which has 136 more seats than the old one, alongside a new changing room pavilion and spectator toilets. The club now meet the required FA National Ground Grading Criteria, allowing them to progress up the football pyramid, where they currently compete in the National League.

The project was made possible thanks to a £402,000 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

Funded with £5.2m 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.

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover, said: “The new stand here at the Crabble Stadium really is superb. Dover Athletic FC represents an important part of the local community and I’m delighted to see fans rewarded with this fantastic new facility. 

“It is very much onwards and upwards for all those involved at the club – fans, players and staff included – and I’d like to thank the Premier League, through the FSIF, who have provided crucial funding for the project to take place.”

Jim Parmenter, Chairman of Dover Athletic FC, said: “We are extremely proud of this new facility which will greatly enhance our supporters’ match day experience, as well as providing English Football League standard facilities for players and officials. It could not have been achieved without the fantastic support from the Premier League, through the FSIF.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s great news all-round for Dover Athletic FC, unveiling their new stand at the Crabble Stadium.

“The Premier League, through the FSIF, continues to support grassroots football through the development of stadia infrastructure, and this project is another such example. The club now meet the required stadia regulation that will enable them to continue to progress up the football pyramid. I wish them the very best in the seasons to come.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Jim Parmenter at jim@gomez.co.uk or on 07980 016 916 
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 

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The new changing rooms and spectator stand at the Crabble Stadium.

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“The new stand here at the Crabble Stadium really is superb. Dover Athletic FC represents an important part of the local community and I’m delighted to see fans rewarded with this fantastic new facility.

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover

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