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Hythe & Dibden FC welcome change at their new Clayfield Sports Centre home

Hythe & Dibden FC welcome change at their new Clayfield Sports Centre home

Hythe and Dibden Football officially open ground improvements at their new Clayfields home ground

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, marked the completion of ground improvement works at Hythe & Dibden’s new Clayfield Sports Centre home ground prior to their fixture versus Fawley FC last Friday, (31 July). The project was made possible thanks to a £70,546 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

Funding from the Premier League has enabled Hythe & Dibden FC, who play in the Wessex-based Sydenhams Football League, to carry out extensive improvement works to facilities at the Clayfield Sports Centre following their relocation from Ewart Recreation Ground in Hythe. Specifically, the grant has gone towards the installation of new floodlights, boundary fencing, a pitch perimeter barrier and dugouts.

Hythe & Dibden FC’s previous home ground did not meet The FA’s National Ground Grading Criteria but the new facilities at Clayfield Sports Centre will ensure that the club can fulfill all requirements for their current level of play and leagues immediately above. Additionally, the club plan to generate extra income through the hire of the venue on non-match days and running tournaments at the ground.

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.

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, said, “I was delighted to attend the opening of Hythe & Dibden FC’s ground improvements. The upgraded facilities will be of tremendous benefit to both players and spectators and will enable the club to go from strength to strength.

“It is great to see how funding from the Premier League, through the FSIF, is being used in my constituency to improve the game for clubs like Hythe & Dibden FC and support the growth and development of clubs throughout the National Football League system.

“Huge credit should be given to Hythe & Dibden FC and the FSIF for the effort and hard work they have put into making these changes happen. I am very much looking forward to seeing how these quality facilities will enable the club to progress.”

Dave Cox, Chairman of Hythe & Dibden FC, said: “The funding from the FSIF will make a huge difference to the club. The floodlights will extend our hours of play and our new home ground is a much safer and well-structured place for our players to train and play matches. The FSIF have helped Hythe & Dibden to look towards progressing as a team thanks to their generous funding and help with our ground.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that the ground improvement works at Hythe & Dibden FC’s new Clayfield Sports Centre home have now been completed. The improvements will ensure that the club can progress through the National League System without the fear of falling foul of FA National Ground Grading Criteria and I am very proud that the Premier League, through the FSIF, have helped the club to reach this stage.”

Photos courtesy of the Southern Daily Echo.

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For more information contact:
- Vanessa Cox on 07789 266 473 or vannessacox@aol.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

Hythe and Dibden FC ground improvements
Hythe & Dibden FC received a grant that funded the installation of new floodlights, boundary fencing, a pitch perimeter barrier and dugouts.
Hythe and Dibden FC open new ground improvements at Clayfields ground
The new facilities at Clayfield Sports Centre will ensure that the club can meet all FA Ground Grading requirements for their current level of play and leagues immediately above.

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"“It is great to see how funding from the Premier League, through the FSIF, is being used in my constituency to improve the game for clubs like Hythe & Dibden FC and support the growth and development of clubs throughout the National Football League system."

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East

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