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David Dent, Independent Chairman of the FSIF Safety and Improvement Panel, retires after fifteen years of service

David Dent, Independent Chairman of the FSIF Safety and Improvement Panel, retires after fifteen years of service

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After fifteen years, David Dent has retired as Independent Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) Safety and Improvement Panel.

David has enjoyed a long and lustrous career in football, starting as Secretary to Carlisle United in 1960, at the age of only 23.  He spent 18 years at Carlisle United before moving to take up a similar role at Coventry City in 1978. David went on to join The Football League as Deputy Secretary in 1984 and then Secretary in 1989, before retiring in 2001. David joined the Board of the Football Trust, the forerunner to the FSIF, in 1990, and was appointed Chairman of the FSIF Safety and Improvement Panel from its inception in 2000.

The FSIF Safety Improvement Panel assesses applications for FSIF grants to enable football clubs to make crucial ground improvements.  Such grants ensure that clubs lower down the National League System can continue to flourish and attract new supporters and players alike.

Speaking of David’s contribution, Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “On behalf of everyone at the FSIF – and all those football clubs and their supporters who have benefitted from the FSIF over the years - I would like to place on record our most sincere thanks to David for his tireless and dedicated work as Chairman of the Safety and Improvement Panel.  David has been instrumental in improving the welfare of our national game at all levels and we all wish him the very best in in a happy retirement as Honorary President of his beloved Carlisle United.”

 

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