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Bright Future for Dorchester Town FC as new floodlights are switched on

Bright Future for Dorchester Town FC as new floodlights are switched on

Bright Future for Dorchester Town FC as new floodlights are switched on
The Mayor of Dorchester, David Taylor (centre), is joined by Dorchester Town FC club officials, Nigel Hayes (left), and Matthew Lucas (right).

Dorset based Dorchester Town FC officially unveiled their brand-new floodlights for the first time, prior to a match against Salisbury FC last month (Saturday 13 April). 

After netting a £23,320 grant from the Premier League, via the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation, work began at the Avenue Stadium in October 2018.

The investment has allowed Dorchester Town FC, who play at Step 3 in the Southern League, Premier Division, to replace and upgrade their floodlighting system. 

With the existing system below the preferred 200 lux average illuminance level and being over 25-years-old, it was deemed to be inefficient and at the end of its lifespan. The upgrade ensures the club meets Grade C of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their Step 3 position.

Dorchester Town FC was established in 1880 and the club is democratically run by its supporters on a one member one vote basis. For £10 fans and people in the community have the opportunity to co-own their local club.

In 2002 Dorchester Town FC were awarded a £23,747 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to install a new pitch irrigation system at the Avenue Stadium.

Nigel Hayes, Director at Dorchester Town FC, said: “The club are delighted with the new floodlights, replacing the old lights was a key part of our plan to make use of the stadium pitch seven days a week. We are thankful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, without which this project would not have been possible.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is great news that Dorchester Town FC have been able to install new floodlights, thanks to a grant from the Premier League through the FSIF. The new lighting will give the club better security and flexibility for matches and training. 

“The FSIF delivers investment from the Premier League to projects for improving stadia infrastructure at non-league clubs. This project is an excellent example of the work the Premier League’s money does. Well done to Dorchester Town FC for their efforts throughout the project.”

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“The club are delighted with the new floodlights, replacing the old lights was a key part of our plan to make use of the stadium pitch seven days a week.- Nigel Hayes, Director of Dorchester Town FC

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