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Bewdley Town Mayor unveils pitch upgrade in Worcestershire

Bewdley Town Mayor unveils pitch upgrade in Worcestershire

Bewdley Town Mayor unveils  pitch upgrade in Worcestershire
Cllr. Anna Coleman, Bewdley Town Mayor, was delighted to unveil the upgrade project for Bewdley Town FC. Their improved pitch will benefit the club's teams which range form the Under-8 level to senior.

Cllr. Anna Coleman, Bewdley Town Mayor, officially unveiled Bewdley Town FC's (BTFC) upgraded grass pitch recently (Saturday 9 September), which was made possible by a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled the club to perform vital drainage works on their pitch, to improve the surface. Before the project, their grass pitch was prone to persistent waterlogging, resulting in numerous home games being postponed or cancelled – especially during the winter months. The works will help the club consistently fulfil their fixtures in the future.

The club currently plays in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division. Their upgraded playing surface will help them to deliver more effective and safer training, whilst also eradicating fixture cancellations. This will benefit the club’s two senior teams and their youth teams, from Under-8 to Under-16 levels. 

The facility will also be used by local league and county cups as a venue for finals. These include: the Worcester and District Football League; the Kidderminster and District Football League, and the Stourport and District Youth Football League. 

The pitch upgrade project was made possible by a grant of £34,966 from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation. 

Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – 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. 

Geoff Edwards, Chairman of Bewdley Town FC, said: “The project will give confidence to the club in regards to advertising our fixtures, without risk of them being cancelled. We would like to thank the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their support, and we are very grateful for their investment.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is great to hear that investment from the Premier League has enabled Bewdley Town FC to upgrade their grass pitch to a state-of-the-art playing surface. 

“The Premier League gives generous funding, through the FSIF, to help inspire love of the game in fans and players across lower league levels. Their money helps to improve the safety and comfort of non-league stadia, benefiting players, members and spectators.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Geoff Edwards at geoff.gedwards@tiscali.co.uk or 07733 264 893
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 

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“The project will give confidence to the club in regards to advertising our fixtures, without risk of them being cancelled."- Geoff Edwards, Chairman of Bewdley Town FC

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