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Mayor unveils Brightlingsea Regent FC's new stadium improvements in Essex

Mayor unveils Brightlingsea Regent FC’s new stadium improvements in Essex

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Brightlingsea Town Mayor, Cllr. Ian Block, officially unveiled Brightlingsea Regent FC’s stadium improvement project recently (Saturday 22 July). The project received a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The club was promoted to the Isthmian League Division 1 ahead of the 2014/15 season, and their ground required vital improvements. The grant has enabled Brightlingsea Regent to undertake this project, meaning the ground now meets the requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their Step 4 position. The club has since been promoted to the league’s Premier Division.

The upgraded facility now includes a covered viewing terrace, with a capacity of 150 people, which will make the match day experience for fans more comfortable. Additionally, work has been undertaken to improve the accessibility of the existing clubhouse, which has resulted in opening more of the pitch perimeter to spectators. The security of the ground has also been improved, through new fencing.

The project to improve the site benefitted from a £30,994 grant awarded by the Premier League, through the FSIF. The club worked in partnership with the Essex FA to help secure this funding. The club also received £10,000 from Tendring District Council’s Big Society Fund and £5,000 from the Essex Community Initiatives Fund. 

Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – 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.

Terry Doherty, Club Chairman, said: “I would like to personally thank the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League for their continued support as the club looks to become a mainstay in Step 3 & 4 of the Football Pyramid.”

Brendan Walshe, Chief Executive of the Essex FA, said: “We’re really pleased to see more funding directed into local Essex football. We’ve been noting the brilliant progress Brightlingsea Regent FC have been making as a club, especially in the last few years, and upgrades like this can only benefit their local community at all levels. 

“Congratulations to everyone who’s played a part in making this happen, including the Football Stadia Improvement Fund who continue to be huge supporters of grassroots football.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that the money from the Premier League, delivered by the FSIF, has enabled Brightlingsea Regent FC to improve the accessibility and comfort of its stadium for fans. This is vital to getting fans along, and creating new ones.

“The Premier League, through the FSIF, has an important role to play in this. By investing in lower league stadia, they are making games and training for players safer and more effective, whilst also improving the match day experience for spectators.”

ENDS

Image credit: David Scales 

For more information, please contact:

- Terry Doherty on 07794 545 586 or at terrydohertybsea@gmail.com
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk 


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