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Lord Faulkner officially opens Wrexham AFC's improved stand

Lord Faulkner officially opens Wrexham AFC's improved stand

Lord Faulkner officially opened Wrexham AFC's improved stand

Lord Faulkner officially opened Wrexham AFC's new disabled viewing platform at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on Saturday 29 August 2015, as part of wider improvement works, made possible thanks to a £126,754 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 Wrexham AFC and the Wrexham AFC Disabled Supporters Association to provide the very best facilities for their disabled fans. Supporters now have an improved view of the pitch and are protected from the elements thanks to the platforms location at the back of the stand. The viewing area provides space for up to 13 people and the use of the facility will be managed between the football club and the Disabled Supporters Association.

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.

Spencer Harris, Director of Wrexham AFC, said: “Without the important work carried out by the FSIF, supplemented by fundraising from our supporters, this project would not have been possible. The work to build this platform was highlighted and praised by Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in the House of Lords, during a recent debate on the Accessible Sports Grounds Bill. Everyone should rightly feel proud of the joy this platform has brought to some of our most disadvantaged supporters.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The Premier League, through the FSIF, has invested into Wrexham FC and Glyndwr University to improve their facilities. In order to improve the match day experience for players and fans alike, it is vitally important that everyone who attends football matches, even at the lower levels of the pyramid, can do so safely and in comfort.”

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For more information contact:
- Alan Watkin on 07943 730 408 or alanwatkin@hotmail.co.uk 
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

Wrexham AFC opening with Lord Faulkner
The funding has enabled Wrexham AFC and the Wrexham AFC Disabled Supporters Association to provide the very best facilities for their disabled fans.
Wrexham AFC celebrated the improvements made to their stand
From left to right: Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham; Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Assembly Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty; Spencer Harris, Director, Wrexham AFC; Terry Stott, Wrexham AFC Disabled Supporters Association and Lord Faulkner.

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"In order to improve the match day experience for players and fans alike, it is vitally important that everyone who attends football matches, even at the lower levels of the pyramid, can do so safely and in comfort.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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