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Wodson Park FC unveil new £23,000 spectator stand

Wodson Park FC unveil new £23,000 spectator stand

Wodson Park FC unveil new £23,000 spectator stand

Wodson Park FC officially opened their new £22,240 spectator stand in Ware recently (Saturday 8 October 2016), thanks to a £15,708 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 the club, who currently compete at Step 5 of the National League System in the Spartan South Midlands Football League, to build a new covered stand that will be used moving forward into the 2016/17 season and beyond.

The new development will help facilitate Wodson Park FC’s continued rise through the National League System, supporting its wider ambitions to provide competition and opportunity across its junior and senior ranks, ensuring players are able to progress through established development pathways. The facility will be managed by the club in partnership with Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre, who provided support throughout the project.

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.

Lee Cook, Chairman, Wodson Park FC, said: “We cannot thank enough the support received from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, and the Football Foundation, in helping the club achieve our ambition of providing local people with first class football facilities, where they are able to train, play and hone their skills. The new stand also provides the club’s loyal supporters with accommodation that will provide a more enjoyable spectator experience generally.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said:“The new stand here at Wodson Park FC will place the club in fantastic stead for the 2016/17 season and beyond, helping aid their progression up the football pyramid, and subsequently improving players’ and fans’ access to and from the ground. The Premier League, through the FSIF, continues to support the development of stadia infrastructure right across the country, and this project is another such example. I wish the club all the best for the season and look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Paul Coates at pcoates@leevalleypark.org.uk or 07876 528 886 
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

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We cannot thank enough the support received from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, and the Football Foundation, in helping the club achieve our ambition of providing local people with first class football facilities, where they are able to train, play and hone their skills. The new stand also provides the club’s loyal supporters with accommodation that will provide a more enjoyable spectator experience generally.”

Lee Cook, Chairman, Wodson Park FC

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