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Radford FC unveils upgraded changing pavilion in Nottingham

Radford FC unveils upgraded changing pavilion in Nottingham

Radford FC unveils upgraded changing pavilion in Nottingham
Radford FC Chairman Bob Thomas (left) and Tony Osborne, Ground Development Director (right), were delighted to welcome Cllr. Toby Neal (centre) to the new pavilion, to perform the official unveiling.

Cllr. Toby Neal was pleased to officially unveil Radford FC's improved changing pavilion recently (Wednesday 22 November), 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 Radford FC, who play in the East Midlands Counties League at Step 6, to perform vital improvements to their existing changing pavilion. The pavilion was outdated, having been constructed in 1982, and couldn’t support the club effectively prior to the project.

Now, the pavilion has been remodelled to provide larger team and officials’ changing rooms with a new shower system, replacing the original which was over 30-years-old. The club has also been able to extend its clubroom and kitchen area. This will increase community usage, providing the club with a new revenue stream not previously available to them.

The upgraded facilities will not only benefit the club’s fans and players, but also the local area. The pavilion will be used by community outreach groups, including Unity and Crime Concern, who will take advantage of the larger clubroom to deliver sessions. The local Police force will also use the site to organise football activities for youngsters.   

The project was made possible by a £87,871 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Foundation – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation. 

Radford FC also received a grant of £12,129 in 2013, which supported them in improving the quality of their grass pitch. This takes the total Premier League investment in the club to nearly £100,000. 

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. 

Bob Thomas, Club Chairman, said: “This grant from the FSIF is truly inspirational for the deprived area of Hyson Green in Nottingham. The new facilities will enable Radford FC achieve long term sustainability for the club and community.” 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s brilliant news that funding from the Premier League has helped Radford FC to undertake this project. Their upgraded pavilion will not only improve the experience for its players and fans, which is really important, but will also have benefit the wider community. 

“Thanks to funding from the Premier League, the FSIF is working hard to improve stadia infrastructure for lower league clubs like Radford FC. This helps clubs to attract and retain both players and spectators, and inspires love of the game.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Bob Thomas at bob.thomas46@ntlworld.com or 07802 387 724
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

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“This grant from the FSIF is truly inspirational for the deprived area of Hyson Green in Nottingham. The new facilities will enable Radford FC achieve long term sustainability for the club and community.”-  Bob Thomas, Radford FC Chairman

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