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Bright future for Helston after ground upgrade

Bright future for Helston after ground upgrade

A £66,483 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country, has brightened up Helston Athletic FC’s Kellaway Park home.

The funding enabled the club to install new floodlighting, a 100-seat covered stand and standing area, pitch barriers, dugouts and a public address system all at a cost of £94,976. The club’s 18 teams (three adult and 15 youth) will be the predominant users of the upgraded facility, while it is hoped that the investment will mean that the club could play host to future Cornwall Youth fixtures.

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.

Paul Hendy, Club Chairman, explained: “The completion of the ground improvement works is a major milestone in the 120-year history of Helston Athletic Football Club. The Club now has one of the best grounds in Cornwall, something that just wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of the FSIF.

“The club held its first ever match under floodlights on Tuesday 1 September against AFC St Austell and it was a night I hope will last long in the memories of the 258 spectators who turned out to watch history in the making. For Helston to go on and win the game 2-0 was simply the icing on the cake!”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The improvements made to Helston Athletic FC’s ground are a primary example of how committed the Premier League is to supporting clubs at all levels of the national game. These improvements will ensure that the club can progress through the National League System, something that would not have been possible without the generous funding through the FSIF. I wish Helston Athletic FC the best of luck for this season and beyond.”  

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For more information contact:
- Paul Hendy on 07740 812 555 or paul.m.hendy@btinternet.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“The improvements made to Helston Athletic FC’s ground are a primary example of how committed the Premier League is to supporting clubs at all levels of the national game."

Peter McCormick, OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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