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New pitch perimeter fencing to improve spectator safety at Anstey Nomads FC

New pitch perimeter fencing to improve spectator safety at Anstey Nomads FC

New pitch perimeter fencing to increase spectator safety at Anstey Nomads FC
Edward Argar MP cuts the festive ribbon to officially open the new pitch perimeter fencing.

New pitch perimeter fencing has been installed at Anstey Nomads FC to improve the safety of spectators attending matches at the club’s ground, Callingtons Community Arena.

The perimeter fencing was officially opened recently (Saturday 1 December 2018), by Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, and was made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Anstey Nomads FC, who play in the Future Lions United Counties League Division One at Step 6, to replace an existing pitch perimeter barrier which was over 60-years-old and no longer fit for purpose. The new fencing ensures that the club continues to maintain the requirements of Grade G of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria.

Anstey Nomads FC currently operates 24 teams playing across seven different leagues. With age groups from 4 through to veterans, the club continues to grow and offer football for all ages.

The project was made possible by a £20,000 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

In 2017 Anstey Nomads FC were awarded a £13,398 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to replace their floodlight system. Prior to this, the club were awarded a £2,750 grant to purchase new pitch maintenance equipment and a £10,000 grant in 2003 to install a new perimeter security fence. This takes the total Premier League investment in the club to over £45,000.

John Harris, Committee Member at Anstey Nomads FC, said: “The facility opened by our local MP Edward Argar, has made possible by the grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League. This has helped contribute to such a vast improvement to the ground on match days for spectators and players alike and made the organisation of multi-pitch movement on a Sunday stress free.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s brilliant news that funding from the Premier League has helped Anstey Nomads FC to undertake this project. The safety and enjoyment of football fans is a vital part of the matchday experience and the new perimeter fencing at the club will certainly contribute towards this.

“Through the FSIF, investment from the Premier League is being used to improve the infrastructure at lower levels of the game. This is being achieved through projects just like Anstey Nomads FC’s development, which are improving the experiences of players and spectators all over the country.”

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This has helped contribute to such a vast improvement to the ground on match days for spectators and players alike and made the organisation of multi-pitch movement on a Sunday stress free.” - John Harris, Committee Member at Anstey Nomads FC 

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