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Lewisham Borough unveil new £23,000 football stand in memory of late founder

Lewisham Borough unveil new £23,000 football stand in memory of late founder

Lewisham Borough unveil new £23,000 football stand in memory of late founder

Lewisham Borough Council and Lewisham Borough (Community) FC officially opened their new £23,000 football stand recently (Sunday 4 September 2016), named in memory of one of the founders of the club, the late Clinton Rhule. The project was made possible thanks to a £16,038 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The grant has enabled Lewisham Borough (Community) FC, who play at Step 6 of the football pyramid in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division, to build a brand new 100-capacity covered stand. The project has allowed the club to progress up the football pyramid in meeting the necessary requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria. The new facility will be used by a range of community groups, including local grassroots club, Forest Hill Park FC.   

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.

Ray Simpson, Chairman of Lewisham Borough (Community) FC, said: “After 13 years of hard work from when the club was founded in 2003, we have developed a stadium to be proud of. The founder members being myself, George Davis, Joe Collymore and the late Clinton Rhule aspired to achieve this level of football in Lewisham, and with the help and assistance from the Mayor of Lewisham and the Premier League, through the FSIF, we have managed to do that and become members of the National League System Steps 1-6.

“Thanks to all those who have supported us on this journey. In particular the Kent County League, Kent Invicta League and the Southern Counties East Football League Officers along with The FA. A huge thanks in particular must go to the Lewisham Borough (Community) FC Directors who have kept the club going and developed the stadium through some difficult times in the last few years.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new Clinton Rhule Stand for Lewisham Borough (Community) FC will place the club in fantastic stead for the upcoming 2016/17 season, helping aid their progression up the football pyramid. The Premier League, through the FSIF, continues to support the development of stadia infrastructure right across the country, and this project is another such example. I wish the club all the best for the season and look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.”

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For more information, please contact:

- Ray Simpson on 07958 946 236 or raymondsimpson40@yahoo.com 
- Michael Boniface on:0345 345 4555Ext:4292 or michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“The new Clinton Rhule Stand for Lewisham Borough (Community) FC will place the club in fantastic stead for the upcoming 2016/17 season, helping aid their progression up the football pyramid. ” Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. 

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