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Ground upgrades officially unveiled for Little Oakley FC

Ground upgrades officially unveiled for Little Oakley FC

Ground upgrades officially unveiled for Little Oakley FC
Little Oakley FC's Chairman, Michael Good (right, first image), was delighted to see Gordon Carter, a Trustee of the club (left, first image), officially unveil the ground improvement project. The works have included installing two new spectator stand and floodlights.

Little Oakley FC were pleased to unveil their ground improvement project in Essex recently (Saturday 21 April). 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 Little Oakley FC, who now play in the Thurlow Nunn League Division 1 following their promotion for the 2017/18 season, to make a number of improvements to their home ground. This has included installing new floodlights, boundary fencing, secure storage and two spectator stands.

The new floodlighting system will provide the club with better scheduling flexibility for training and matches, as well as improved safety. This is set to benefit Little Oakley FC’s three adult teams and 19 youth teams – a range of male and female sides from the Under-7 to Under-18 levels. Boundary fencing and storage, meanwhile, will improve overall security for the ground.

Two brand new spectator stands have also been installed, which will provide a comfortable environment for all fans. Previously, the club had no covered match-day provision. Now, they can offer space for 50 seated and 50 standing spectators, as well as five wheelchair users. Little Oakley FC hope that this will support them in inspiring new fans for the club, as well as retaining their existing followers.

Other works undertaken during the project include installing new hardstanding, pitch perimeter fencing and dugouts. The club, including dedicated groundsmen Steve Gawn and James Martin – who have been looking after the club’s facilities for many years – are delighted with the outcome.

Little Oakley FC’s upgrades have helped them to meet the Grade G requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their new Step 6 position. This was made possible by a £72,962 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

The FSIF is funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League. It 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.

Michael Good, Little Oakley FC Chairman, said: “The club is extremely grateful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League for the funding contribution that has enabled us to complete the project.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “My congratulations go to Little Oakley FC for their efforts throughout this project, which follows their promotion to Step 6. 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 Little Oakley 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.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292
- Michael Good at kenalda@btopenworld.com or 07768 054 345 

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“I hope that Little Oakley 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.”- Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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