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Hereford FC Manager Peter Beadle unveils Lydney Town AFC's new £17,000 stand

Hereford FC Manager Peter Beadle unveils Lydney Town AFC’s new £17,000 stand

Peter Beadle

Peter Beadle, Hereford FC’s Manager, was at Lydney Town AFC recently (Saturday 16 July) to officially open the club’s new £17,470 stand. The opening was marked by a match between Lydney Town AFC and Hereford FC. 

The project was made possible thanks to a £8,735 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled Lydney Town, who play at Step 5 in the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, to construct a new 50-seater covered stand and a covered standing area for supporters at Lydney Recreation Ground. The club have received previous grants from the FSIF, including a £19,902 grant in 2015 for new fencing.

Funded with £5.2m 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.

Peter Beadle, Manager of Hereford FC, said: “It was a pleasure to officially unveil Lydney Town AFC’s new stand. The additional standing and seating areas will provide room for more supporters to enjoy watching their team play.

“Without the support of the Premier League through the FSIF, clubs like Lydney would not be able to make improvements to their grounds. It is vital that stadia is suitable and safe for players and supporters alike, and I am pleased to see the works complete. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.”

Roger Sansom, Secretary of Lydney Town AFC, said: “The construction of a second stand completes the final phase of an enormous project allowing us to achieve the required stadia grading and compete at Step 5 of the football pyramid or maybe beyond.

“The club is indebted to the FSIF for their grant funding not only on this occasion but throughout the club’s improvement programme, without which we would have struggled to find the necessary finance to achieve our ambitions. Certainly, Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle was suitably impressed with what we had to offer and we thank him for taking the time out to open the new stand.” 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is a fundamental principle that clubs should be able to progress competitively and not be hindered because of unsatisfactory facilities, so naturally I am pleased to see that this £8,735 grant has gone towards a new stand at Lydney Town AFC. The work of the FSIF is only possible because of the generous support of the Premier League and this investment is a further example of funding which will help to improve supporters’ experience of watching the game.” 

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"Without the support of the Premier League through the FSIF, clubs like Lydney would not be able to make improvements to their grounds. It is vital that stadia is suitable and safe for players and supporters alike, and I am pleased to see the works complete."

Peter Beadle, Hereford FC Manager

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