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Portsmouth FC's Mark Catlin unveils new clubhouse for Baffins Milton Rovers FC

Portsmouth FC’s Mark Catlin unveils new clubhouse for Baffins Milton Rovers FC

Portsmouth FC’s Mark Catlin unveils new clubhouse for Baffins Milton Rovers FC
Baffins Milton Rovers FC welcomed Mark Catlin, Portsmouth FC CEO (third from left), to officially open their new hospitality suite.

Mark Catlin, CEO of Portsmouth FC, officially unveiled Baffins Milton Rovers FC’s new clubhouse recently (Sunday 26 November). This 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 funding has enabled Baffins Milton Rovers FC, who play in the Wessex League Premier Division at Step 5, to install a brand new hospitality suite at their home ground, the Kendall Stadium. This new clubhouse comprises a bar and kitchen area, a spectator seating area and spectator toilets.

The ground’s original hospitality area could no longer support the club and its fans, due to growth over previous years. The new suite has been installed alongside the original, to improve the experience of spectators on match days. The club also hope that this will encourage the wider community to get involved at the site. 

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

The club, which has seven teams ranging from the Under-7 level to open-age, has also received two previous grants from the FSIF, towards new floodlights and a ground grading improvement project respectively. This takes the Premier League’s investment in the club to a total of £67,420. 

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. 

Mark Catlin, Portsmouth FC CEO, said: “I was delighted to be asked to come and unveil Baffins Milton Rovers FC’s new clubhouse. Steve is a good friend of PFC, and it’s so important for money to be invested in grass roots football, to improve the offering for both players and fans. I’m sure the club’s new hospitality suite will go a long way in giving their spectators a more enjoyable experience on match days.” 

Stephen Cripps, Club Chairman, said: “Baffins Milton Rovers have come a long way since being founded in 2011, with successive promotions pushing us through the local leagues. However, none of this would have been possible without the grant and backing of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. We have been awarded several grants which has seen stands and floodlights put in place, and more recently a £20,000 grant towards the new clubhouse. 

“The club house will help Baffins to link up with various local football teams, both male and female, and bring the club use into the wider community and plans are afoot for further expansion. We would like to thank Chris Davies of the FSIF for all his hard work in securing this grant that enabled Baffins Milton Rovers to become a success story of local football. We would also like to thank Mark Catlin, CEO of Portsmouth FC, for officially unveiling our new clubhouse.” 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted to hear that Baffins Milton Rovers FC have been able to install this new hospitality suite and that this will be of huge benefit to its spectators. This is the third Premier League grant, through the FSIF, that the club has received and it’s excellent to hear of the good that this money is doing. My thanks go to Mark Catlin for unveiling the new facility. 

“The FSIF works to improve the standard of stadia across lower levels of the game, which is only made possible through the investment of the Premier League. This is benefiting players and spectators alike, and I’m glad to hear that Baffins Milton Rovers FC’s is amongst them.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Yvonne Fradgley-Smith at baffinsmiltonrovers@hotmail.co.uk or on 07980 403 336 
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 

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"It’s so important for money to be invested in grass roots football, to improve the offering for both players and fans. I’m sure the club’s new hospitality suite will go a long way in giving their spectators a more enjoyable experience on match days."- Mark Catlin, Portsmouth FC CEO

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