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Jacob Rees-Mogg MP unveils upgraded facilities at the AJN Stadium in Keynsham

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP unveils upgraded facilities at the AJN Stadium in Keynsham

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP unveils upgraded facilities at the AJN Stadium in Keynsham
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (centre left) unveils the facilities at the AJN stadium alongside Keynsham Town FC manager, John Allen (centre right).

Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, officially opened Keynsham Town FC’s ground improvement works at the AJN Stadium recently (Saturday 5 January 2019). The improved facilities, which are set to transform the matchday experience for players and fans of the club, were made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Keynsham Town FC, who play at Step 6 in the Toolstation League, to carry out an array of improvement works at their home ground. The changing rooms at the AJN Stadium have been completely overhauled, along with new spectator toilets, a new kitchen and upgraded clubroom and hospitality area.

A lot of the existing infrastructure was in desperate need of replacement and in many areas was over 50 years old and no longer fit for purpose. With the club operating approximately 35 teams, providing senior football for men, women and juniors from the age of four through to 17, it became increasingly necessary for the improvements to be made.

The project was made possible by a £96,754 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

In 2011 Keynsham FC were awarded a £100,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund towards new floodlights, fencing and a car park. Prior to this the club received £14,750 in 2000 to carry out safety upgrades and improve disabled access. This brings the total FSIF investment at Keynsham Town FC to £211,504.

Steve Nicholls, Trustee of Keynsham Town FC, said: “The club would like to say a big thank you to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League for providing a grant to upgrade the facilities at the AJN Stadium. There is no doubting that this will provide a hugely improved matchday experience for players and fans visiting the club.

“I’d also like to thank Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North Somerset, for officially opening our new facilities at Keynsham Town FC. I hope everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I’m delighted that investment from the Premier League has been able to support Keynsham Town FC to carry out improvements at their home ground, which will no doubt help the club to continue developing in the future.

“Through the FSIF, the Premier League gives generous funding to upgrading stadia for lower league clubs. This investment helps to improve the experience and promote love of the game, for players and spectators alike.”

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There is no doubting that this will provide a hugely improved matchday experience for players and fans visiting the club.” - Steve Nicholls, Trustee of Keynsham Town FC

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