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Joy for Exmouth Town FC as new £113,000 stand is completed

Joy for Exmouth Town FC as new £113,000 stand is completed

The new stand at Exmouth Town FC

Exmouth Town FC officially opened their new £112,645 stand and ground refurbishment works at their King George V Playing Field home recently (Saturday 13 February 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a £78,852 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled the club, who play at Step 6 in the South West Peninsula League, to complete ground improvement works, which included the refurbishment of floodlights, the construction of a new 50-seat spectator stand, new dug-outs, grounds maintenance machinery, the refurbishment and extension to a tea bar and hospitality area and repairs to the boundary fence.

Prior to this funding, the facilities at King George V Playing Field were in a poor state of repair, with the previous stand deemed unsafe following bad weather, which had led to a leaking roof. However, the new facilities will provide a safe and comfortable environment for supporters to enjoy the match day experience from.

By improving the stand and hospitality area, the club now meet relevant Ground Grading criteria to allow them to progress through the football pyramid. Exmouth FC’s directors will continue to work with the wider community, who will be able to make use of the new facilities. It is hoped that the youth section of the club will now be able to expand, with plans to start new teams from the Under-8 age group upwards.

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.

Paul Morrison, Chief Executive, Devon County FA, said: “The new facilities at King George V Playing Field will have a significant impact on players at Exmouth Town FC. The new stand is a safe place for fans to support their team, and the ground improvement works made will serve players, officials and spectators, making for a pleasant match day experience for all.

“Thanks must go to the Premier League through the FSIF for their investment in Exmouth Town’s facilities, and I wish the club all the best for the future.”

Bob Chamberlain, Chairman, Exmouth Town FC, said: “None of the works would have been possible without the support of the Premier League through the FSIF and the joint funding scheme they have offered the club.”

Terry Moore, Club Secretary, Exmouth Town FC, said: “The club wish to express their thanks to the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for the support and funding received towards the works.

“Thanks go to all the tradesman who have carried out the works which has made a vast improvement and we hope this will now attract more supporters and community groups to the ground to make use of the facility which is available for hire.

"As a club the continued support of our sponsors is crucial to allow us to develop both on and off the field and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone and trust you have an enjoyable day with us.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted to see that investment from the Premier League through the FSIF has enabled Exmouth Town FC to carry out extensive improvements to the facilities at King George V Playing Field. The club can now satisfy the relevant FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their current level and above.

“It is vital that clubs should be able to progress competitively through ability and success on the field of play, not be hindered because of unsatisfactory facilities. The club now has an excellent base from which to develop further and I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Terry Moore, Club Secretary, Exmouth Town FC on 07855 275 931 or terrymoore@fsmail.net
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“The new facilities at King George V Playing Field will have a significant impact on players at Exmouth Town FC."

Paul Morrison, Chief Executive, Devon County FA

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