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Leek Town FC unveil £85,000 pitch improvement works at Harrison Park

Leek Town FC unveil £85,000 pitch improvement works at Harrison Park

Leek Town FC unveiled their pitch improvement works

Leek Town FC officially unveiled their £85,557 real grass pitch improvements recently (Saturday 24 October), thanks to a £42,778 grant from Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council also contributed £42,779 towards the project.

The funding has enabled the club to drain and relay their pitch, which was previously failing to remove surface water effectively causing a number of games to be postponed. Improvements made to the real grass pitch mean that games and training sessions can continue through wetter weather, and the facility now meets the ground grading standards required by the Evostik Northern Premier League, in which the club play. The opening was marked with a league game against local rivals Kidsgrove AFC.

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 Bateman, Leek Town Director, said: “We are indebted to the FSIF for their financial support which has enabled us to continue with our ground improvement plans. The pitch at Harrison Park was renowned as being one of the poorest in the league and constantly had problems with water logging. The replacement will enable us to continue our development as a community club by allowing more of our junior teams to use the pitch.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “Leek Town FC’s pitch has been vastly improved thanks to this grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF. The drained pitch will now be suitable for use across all seasons, allowing the club to continue playing games and hold training sessions throughout the winter months. I look forward to seeing Leek Town go from strength to strength as a result of this funding.”

ENDS

Photos courtesy of The Stoke Sentinel.

For more information contact:
- Paul Bateman on 07703 212 458 or leektown@hotmail.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

Leek Town FC marked the opening with a match against local rivals Kidsgrove AFC
Leek Town FC marked the opening of their improved pitch with a match against local rivals Kidsgrove AFC.

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"The drained pitch will now be suitable for use across all seasons, allowing the club to continue playing games and hold training sessions throughout the winter months. I look forward to seeing Leek Town go from strength to strength as a result of this funding."

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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