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Ground improvements to provide more comfortable setting for Felixstowe & Walton United FC's fans ahead of new season

Ground improvements to provide more comfortable setting for Felixstowe & Walton United FC’s fans ahead of new season

Ground improvements to provide more comfortable setting for Felixstowe & Walton United FC’s fans ahead of new season
Felixstowe Mayor, Nick Barber officially opens the Absolute Refrigeration Stand at Felixstowe & Walton United FC and is joined by the club's Vice-Chairman, Tony Barnes (right), Suffolk FA Vice-Chairman, Ian Booth (centre left) and Graham Fisher from Absolute Refrigeration (far left).

Felixstowe & Walton United FC unveiled their latest ground improvements on Saturday (27 July) prior to a match against a West Ham United XI. The improvements were made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

With the West Ham XI coaching staff featuring the likes of Kevin Keen, Steve Potts and Ricky Martin, the game finished 3-2 to Felixstowe & Walton FC.

The investment from the FSIF has allowed Felixstowe & Walton United, who play in the Isthmian League Division One North at Step 4, to install a new 100 seater covered stand at the Colneis end of the ground, along with new pitch perimeter fencing and restriction fencing at both ends of the ground.

The new seating amenity has been placed behind the goal, whilst the pitch perimeter fencing is panelled and has enhanced the safety and comfort of spectators at The Goldstar Ground. 

Felixstowe & Walton United share their home ground with Ipswich Town Ladies FC and the indoor facilities are used by several community groups. In addition to this, Suffolk County FA held two of their cup semi-finals last season at The Goldstar Ground, purely on the strength of the upgraded facilities, and the Suffolk & Ipswich League hold their annual cup final at the ground.

The club’s Life President, Dave Ashford, is now nearing 50 years of service and during this time he has undertaken numerous roles including: player, manager, treasurer, fundraiser and chairman. Though now retired from the everyday running of the club, he is a regular at Felixstowe & Walton United matches and takes a keen interest in the club’s future development.    

The project was made possible by a £38,154 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

In total, Felixstowe & Walton United FC have now received five grants from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund dating back to 2005. The value of these previous grants adds up to £121,232, taking total investment from the Premier League in the club, through the FSIF to £159,386.

Andy Wilding, Chairman of Felixstowe & Walton United FC, said: “We set out our stall to offer a facility to the whole community to use and watch semi-professional football on the East Suffolk peninsular. The financial assistance of the FSIF and the Premier League, coupled with our own fundraising activities, has supported this magnificent facility which has, and will continue to be, used and enjoyed by our football supporters and the local community going forward. Without funding bodies such as the FSIF and Premier League our stall would still be virtually empty and it is to these funding bodies I say, on behalf of Felixstowe & Walton United FC, a massive thank you."

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “My congratulations go to Felixstowe & Walton United FC for their efforts throughout this project. The FSIF, thanks to investment from the Premier League, works hard to support clubs as they work to move up through the game and this is a great example of what that money can achieve.

“I hope that Felixstowe & Walton United FC are able to make the most of their ground improvements and that their fans enjoy the new, more comfortable spectator provision. I’m sure that this project will support the club in further growth, both through developing their players and encouraging more locals to come along for fixtures.”

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Without funding bodies such as the FSIF and Premier League our stall would still be virtually empty and it is to these funding bodies I say, on behalf of Felixstowe & Walton United FC, a massive thank you." - Andy Wilding, Chairman of Felixstowe & Walton United FC

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