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Harrogate Town AFC officially open new stand

Harrogate Town AFC officially open new stand

Opening ceremony at Harrogate FSIF

Harrogate Town AFC marked the official opening of their new terraced stand ahead of the club’s recent Vanarama Conference North fixture against Stockport County FC. The project was made possible thanks to a £111,017 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The new covered stand at Harrogate’s CNG Stadium also includes a food outlet and wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. The ground improvements will not only allow more supporters to watch the game in comfort, but also generate greater match day revenue for the club and ensure that Harrogate will be able to compete in higher divisions, should they be promoted. The previous amenities had fallen into disrepair and were all situated at one end of the ground, making it difficult for supporters to access them. 

This is not the first grant that Harrogate Town AFC have received from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. In 2012, the club received £51,283 in order to carry out improvements to the pitch at the CNG Stadium. 

Funded with £6m 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.

Irving Weaver, Chairman, Harrogate Town AFC, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from the FSIF for our new stand. The CNG Stadium is now a first-class facility and will allow the club to move to the next level and enhance the match day experience for supporters.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The FSIF has invested heavily into Harrogate Town AFC and it is great to see the new facilities complete and being used to help generate revenue and provide a better environment for supporters. The club now has an excellent base from which to develop and grow further and I will continue to follow the progress of the club closely.”

ENDS

For more information contact:

- Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk

- Garry Plant on 07740 822 497 or garryplant@harrogatetownafc.com

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New stand at Harrogate- distance shot
New stand at Harrogate
New stand at Harrogate Town AFC- match in foreground

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