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Bright future for Wythenshawe AFC as new floodlights are unveiled

Bright future for Wythenshawe AFC as new floodlights are unveiled

Bright future for Wythenshawe AFC as new floodlights are unveiled
The new floodlights at Wythenshawe AFC were unveiled in front of a club record crowd of 308 people.

Manchester based Wythenshawe AFC officially switched on their brand new floodlights for the first time, at a match against Maine Road FC yesterday (Tuesday 30 October 2018). This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Wythenshawe AFC, who play at Step 6 in Division One of the Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League, to install new floodlights at Hollyhedge Park.

As well as the installation of the new floodlight system, the club also carried out improvement works to the car park and emergency vehicle access road. By levelling the surface of the car park and joining pedestrian paths, it has helped to enhance the matchday experience for disabled fans and general spectators. The investment means that Wythenshawe AFC can achieve entry level criteria for Grade H status of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria.

Wythenshawe AFC boasts over 30 teams ranging across all age groups, with players starting at five-years-old as part of a Saturday morning club. With five men’s teams and two women’s sides, the improvements made to Hollyhedge Park will benefit a large pool of players.

The project was made possible by a £50000 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

In 2016 Wythenshawe AFC received a Football Foundation grant of £382,317 towards a new changing pavilion and improvement works to natural grass pitches. This was supported by a £50,000 from the Premier League, through the FSIF, which takes the Premier Leagues total investment in the club to £100,000.

Basil Kabbani, Chairman of Wythenshawe AFC, said: “The grants and support from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Premier League, Sport England, Power to Change, Manchester City Council and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has been life-changing for so many people at the club and in our community. We can’t thank all those involved in this project enough.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new floodlights at Wythenshawe AFC represent another great boost for a club that is continuing to progress up the football pyramid, now playing in Step 6 of the North West Counties Football League. The developments here at Hollyhedge Park have enabled the club to push on and I look forward to seeing the club develop further over the coming seasons. The Premier League, through the FSIF, is committed to improving grassroots infrastructure right across the country and these works are further proof of this.”

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“The grants and support from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Premier League, Sport England, Power to Change, Manchester City Council and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has been life-changing for so many people at the club and in our community.” - Basil Kabbani, Chairman of Wythenshawe AFC

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