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Home comforts for Wilmslow Albion FC as clubhouse receives facelift

Home comforts for Wilmslow Albion FC as clubhouse receives facelift

 Home comforts for Wilmslow Albion FC as clubhouse receives facelift
Cheshire FA Director, David Mansfield (centre right) unveils Wilmslow Albion FC's upgraded clubhouse.

Players and fans at Wilmslow Albion FC in Cheshire will enjoy an improved matchday experience thanks to their upgraded clubhouse. The building, which was officially opened recently (Saturday 23 February), was made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Wilmslow Albion FC, who play in the Manchester League Division One at Step 7, to refurbish the roof to their clubhouse, replacing an old defective roof which had been leaking for a number of years and caused internal damage as a result.

Wilmslow Albion FC moved to their current home at Oakwood Farm in 1986. The club operates two adult sides, with a first team squad and reserve team which competes in Division Three of the Manchester League. Both teams will benefit from the improved facilities.

2019 marks the club’s centenary year and the clubhouse improvements is one part of the celebrations being held by Wilmslow Albion FC.

The project was made possible by a £13,873 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

Geoff Thornton, Secretary at Wilmslow Albion FC, said: “We were fully aware that the old roof would not last another winter. Many thanks to Steve Bentley and his team for carrying out an excellent job and to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their contribution to our replacement roof covering and internal refurbishment. Without their assistance this contract would not have been feasible.

“2019 happens to be our centenary year and I am told the new roof covering will last at least another 50 years.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s fantastic that in their centenary year Wilmslow Albion FC can enjoy the benefits of an upgraded clubhouse at Oakwood Farm. The improvements made will ensure a more comfortable matchday experience for everyone associated with the club.

“Through the FSIF, investment from the Premier League is being used to improve the infrastructure at lower levels of the game. This is being achieved through projects just like Wilmslow Albion FC’s development, which are improving the experiences of players and spectators all over the country.”

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“2019 happens to be our centenary year and I am told the new roof covering will last at least another 50 years.” - Geoff Thornton, Secretary at Wilmslow Albion FC

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