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Grant brings renewed light to Fairford Town FC as they unveil £20,000 floodlights

Grant brings renewed light to Fairford Town FC as they unveil £20,000 floodlights

Official opening of Fairford Town FC's new floodlights

Fairford Town Football Club officially unveiled their new £19,850 floodlights recently (Friday 26 February 2016), thanks to a £13,850 grant fromthe Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. The event was marked with aHellenic Division One West fixture against Cirencester Development, which Fairford won 2-0.

The funding has enabled the club, who are currently the Division One West league leaders, to significantly upgrade the floodlights at their Cinder Lane Ground. The lights, which were first installed in 1989, will now meet the relevant Ground Grading criteria for Fairford to continue playing at their current level.

Prior to the upgrade, there were continuous issues with lighting at the ground during bad weather, where bulbs would blow or switch off. This led to expensive ongoing maintenance by the club but this will no longer be an issue.

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.

Grants were also received from Gloucestershire Activate and Fairford Town Council.

Mike Tanner, President of Fairford Town FC, said: The help given by the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund plus Gloucestershire Active Together and Fairford Town Council in funding what is a major project for the club has been invaluable. It is nice to see investment from the Premier League percolating down to grassroots level. The support from the County and Town Council for this project has proved invaluable not only for this project, but in last year's refurbishment of our changing rooms.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new floodlights at Cinder Lane will make a significant difference to the playing experience for Fairford Town FC. The club can now continue to train and play matches throughout the darker months, without the fear of these sessions being called off because of lighting problems. This funding is a prime example of the Premier League’s commitment to supporting clubs at all levels of the National League system. I wish Fairford Town all the best for the future.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Chris Tanner on 07815 579 784 or cmt115@hotmail.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

Starting line-up at Fairford Town FC's opening of new floodlights
Players from both sides line up before kick-off in front of the new floodlights.

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It is nice to see investment from the Premier League percolating down to grassroots level.”

Mike Tanner, President of Fairford Town FC

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