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Stephen Metcalfe MP opens £55,000 football pitch upgrade in Basildon

Stephen Metcalfe MP opens £55,000 football pitch upgrade in Basildon

Bowers and Pitsea FC opening

Stephen Metcalfe MP officially opened Bowers and Pitsea FC’s £55,000 pitch upgrade recently (Saturday 23 July), thanks to a £20,000 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The grant has enabled Bowers and Pitsea FC, whose first team play at Step 5 of the Essex Senior League, to install a new drainage system that will help to improve the quality of the playing surface – something players and fans alike can enjoy.

The new pitch will prevent issues of waterlogging that arose throughout the 2015/16 season. This saw the club forced to arrange regular away games, with their home ground unsuitable for competition. 

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 Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: “I was delighted to open Bowers and Pitsea FC’s new pitch. The surface serves as an important part of the local community infrastructure and these developments will enable the club to progress, which can only be a good thing for the local area.

“Improvements to grassroots facilities like these will ensure that fans can enjoy their days out when attending matches and players can showcase their skills on proper facilities.

“I would like to thank all those involved at the club for their hard work, and importantly, the Premier League, whose continued investment through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund has enabled the works to come to fruition.”

Darren Scorey, Project Manager, Bowers and Pitsea FC, said: “The pitch drainage will create more opportunities for local residents to play football and give youngsters the chance to develop their skills and do something positive with their free time. 

I look forward to seeing Bowers and Pitsea FC go from strength to strength as a result of this funding by the Premier League, through the FSIF. ”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “Bowers and Pitsea FC will benefit immensely from the pitch improvement works undertaken here, ensuring issues of waterlogging that had arisen over previous years have been tackled for the upcoming season.

“These developments will make a real difference to the match day experience for both players and supporters of the club, with the investment highlighting the Premier League’s continued investment into the development of grassroots sport right across the country.” 

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“I would like to thank all those involved at the club for their hard work, and importantly, the Premier League, whose continued investment through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund has enabled the works to come to fruition.”

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock

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