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Stephen McPartland MP presents £76,409 cheque to Codicote FC for stadium upgrade

Stephen McPartland MP presents £76,409 cheque to Codicote FC for stadium upgrade

Stephen McPartland MP presents £76,409 cheque to Codicote FC for stadium upgrade

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, presented a £76,049 cheque to Codicote FC recently (Friday 2 September 2016) to help fund their stadium upgrade. The project was made possible 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.

The grant will enable the club to return to its original home in the village of Codicote itself. In order to complete this move, several improvements were required in order to meet the requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria.

The grant will allow the club, who play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One at Step 6,to build two 50-seater stands, hardstanding area at the edge of the pitch, dugouts and installation of floodlights.

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.

Stephen McParland, MP for Stevenage, said: “I was delighted to present this cheque to Codicote FC, especially as I am proud to be Patron of the Club. The upgraded facilities will give the club a fantastic base to work from for the future. It is great to see this investment into the area and gives the club their home back. Thanks must go the Premier League for their support.”

Jim Bundy, Chairman of Codicote FC, said: “It is fantastic news for the club to have received this investment from the Premier League’s Football Stadia Improvement Fund, it will improve the quality of facilities at the club significantly and have a lasting effect on local grassroots football. We can’t wait to get back to our footballing home.”

Colin Mackrill, Chairman of the Sports and Recreational Committee at Codicote Parish Council, said: “The investment into the area is brilliant news for the local community. It will allow Codicote FC to move back to the area and play at an improved facility. We are very grateful for the Premier League’s financial backing.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The improvements to stadia at Codicote FC will have a great impact on the club and local community. The FSIF is committed to developing the infrastructure of lower league football and this project is another such example. The new facility will provide two new seated stands, which allows supporters to watch the game in greater comfort and safety. Special thanks must go to Stephen McPartland MP for presenting the cheque.”

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The upgraded facilities will give the club a fantastic base to work from for the future. It is great to see this investment into the area and gives the club their home back. Thanks must go the Premier League for their support.”

Stephen McPartland MP

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