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It's all in good 'nwick! Duke of Northumberland unveils stadium upgrade

It’s all in good ‘nwick! Duke of Northumberland unveils stadium upgrade

The Duke of Northumberland, Ralph Percy, officially opened Alnwick Town FC’s stadium facilities upgrade recently (Thursday 15 December), 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.

Through this project, Alnwick Town FC have replaced their existing floodlights and refurbished their clubhouse electrics, which will be used by junior and adult members for various competitions, special events and charity functions at their St James’ Park home.

The new facilities will be enjoyed by the Northumbria club’s first-team and junior sides, and will also be used by AC Milan Summer Junior Camps and Sporting Kansas City Academy Team for summer coaching courses. The development will aid Alnwick Town FC’s progression up the National League System, where they currently play Step Six football in Division Two of the Northern League.  

The club have brought a number of players through their youth development programme into the professional ranks, with the club’s alumni including Manchester City FC Women’s Lucy Bronze and Bolton Wanderers FC’s James Sinclair, who now plays his football in Sweden for GAIS.

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.

Cyril Cox, Secretary, Alnwick Town AFC, said: “The Football Stadia Improvement Fund is a first-class way of obtaining financial backing to allow much needed club development at all levels and, in our case, grassroots development for the community.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s brilliant to see Alnwick Town improve their home stadia facilities at St James’ Park, thanks to a grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF.

“These types of developments have a massive impact upon grassroots clubs, allowing them to progress up the football pyramid and really look forward to the seasons ahead. I wish all connected with the club the very best and look forward to monitoring their progress over the coming years.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
Cyril Cox at uk2usa@hotmail.co.uk or on 01912 366 456
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 

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“The Football Stadia Improvement Fund is a first-class way of obtaining financial backing to allow much needed club development at all levels and, in our case, grassroots development for the community.”

Cyril Cox, Alnwick Town AFC

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