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James Heappey MP presents £24,000 cheque to Street FC for new 50-seater stand

James Heappey MP presents £24,000 cheque to Street FC for new 50-seater stand

James Heappey MP presents £24,000 cheque to Street FC for new 50-seater stand

James Heappey, MP for Wells, was on hand over the weekend (Saturday 29 April 2017) to present a £23,827 cheque to Street FC to help fund the club’s new covered seated stand and stadium improvement works.

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

The investment will enable Street FC to provide a 50-seater stand for its fans alongside new spectator toilets, fencing and overall ground improvement works. This will allow Street FC supporters to watch the game in greater safety and comfort.

It will give the club a much needed boost off the pitch in their bid for promotion this season. The club currently operates at Step Five in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, looking for promotion to the Southern League. Street are currently enjoying their best ever season, looking to finish second in the league with their highest ever points total.

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.

Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

James Heappey, MP for Wells, said: “It is fantastic to be able to present this cheque to Street FC today. It is great to see investment like this in my constituency and I am sure that this new stand will provide a great boost to Street, both on and off the pitch.

“A big thanks must go to the Premier League for funding this project through their Football Stadia Improvement Fund. It is extremely welcome to see that money from the top of football is helping nourish the lower-levels of the game.”

James Court, Chairman, Street FC, said: “We were delighted to have James Heappey join us at our last home game of the season and proud to showcase what is a significant upgrade in the clubs facilities. This will certainly help Street FC to develop on and off the pitch.

“Of course, none of this would have been possible without the Premier League’s investment, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, so thanks must go to them for helping us make these improvements.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new stand at Street FC will have a great impact on the club and local community, providing a comfortable place for fans to watch the game.

“The Premier League is committed to developing grassroots sport and this project is another example of the funding that enables clubs to build and improve upon their existing provision. A special thanks must go to James Heappey MP for marking the occasion.”

 ENDS

 For more information, contact:
- James Court on 07780 008 645 or courty444@hotmail.co.uk
- David Hartley on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4274 or david.hartley@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“It is fantastic to be able to present this cheque to Street FC today. It is great to see investment like this in my constituency and I am sure that this new stand will provide a great boost to Street, both on and off the pitch.
James Heappey, MP for Wells

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