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Milton Keynes Irish Centre awarded £80,000 to improve Manor Fields Stadium

Milton Keynes Irish Centre awarded £80,000 to improve Manor Fields Stadium

Iain Stewart MK Irish

Iain Stewart MP, visited members of the Milton Keynes Irish Centre at Manor Fields Stadium on Wednesday, following the announcement that they are to receive an £80,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) to improve changing facilities and make repairs to standing areas.

Iain Stewart, together with Michael O’Hanlon from the Irish Centre and the Chairman of Buckingham Town FC, viewed the current construction of the new ground. The investment will see the extension of the existing changing pavilion to provide male, female and accessible spectator WCs. The current changing rooms will also see a refurbishment and repairs will be made to the terracing of the covered standing area.

Buckingham Town FC have been residents of the ground for the last two seasons, having lost use of their previous site following a housing development. 

Funded with £6m 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.

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, commented: “It was great to see the work going on. Michael O’Hanlon and the Irish Centre have done a fantastic job to not only secure this money, but to put in place a real long term plan for Manor Fields ground.

“Football is so big in Milton Keynes. Every Saturday and Sunday if you drive past a park or field in MK the likelihood is there will be a match on. I know the Premier League is very keen to get young people involved and increase grassroots participation, projects such as this at Manor Fields can only help that.” 

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “I would like to thank Iain for taking the time to visit Manor Fields and he will be very welcome to return, when works are completed, to see the fruits of everybody’s hard work in making this much needed project happen. The Premier League is committed to supporting football at every level and we hope this investment will give both the Irish Centre and Buckingham Town a real boost for the coming years”.  

Peter McCormick, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that my colleagues and I have been able to award this grant to the Milton Keynes Irish Centre to allow them to make extensive improvements to changing facilities and standing areas at Manor Fields which will be of great benefit to all members of the local community.

“FSIF staff work hard to make sure that the funding that is generously provided by the Premier League each year goes as far as possible and benefits as many clubs and supporters as it possibly can.”

ENDS


For more information contact:

  • Michael O’Hanlon on 01908567136 or secretary@irishcentremk.com 
  • Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk 

 


Iain Stewart MP MK
Iain Stewart MK Irish

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