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Mark Pawsey MP celebrates Rugby's football boost

Mark Pawsey MP celebrates Rugby's football boost

Ribbon cutting at Rugby Town FC

Mark Pawsey MP and the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramish Srivastava, officially opened Rugby Town FC’s new hospitality suite recently, thanks to a £101,190 grant from The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The club, who play in Evo-Stik Southern League, received the funding in order to convert redundant changing rooms into a new hospitality area for the club. The suite, which includes upgraded kitchen facilities, is an important extension to the main clubhouse and will allow the club to generate further revenue throughout the year.

The extensive refurbishments enable Rugby Town to provide formal dining and catering, opening up new opportunities for the club to host group and society dinners, wedding receptions and other formal occasions, which the previous facilities were not suited for. The suite can also be used by educational groups, including business schools, apprenticeship schemes and other learning bodies, to use as a daytime learning centre.

This is not the first large grant that Rugby Town FC has received in order to upgrade facilities. Between 2001 and 2005, the club received £300,000 in grants from the FSIF to significantly develop their Butlin Road home. Furthermore, in 2004, the club received £562,800 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to build two third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches at the site.

Funded with £6m 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.

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, remarked: “It was a privilege to attend the opening ceremony for the new hospitality suite at Rugby Town FC. I’ve seen just how hard members of the club have worked to make the project a reality and this excellent new facility will have a tremendous benefit for both the club and local community in coming years. I’d like to thank the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their significant investment into my constituency.”

Mike Yeats, Corporate Director, Rugby Town FC, commented: “I’d like to express my thanks to the FSIF for their support in this project. The refurbishment of the old dressing rooms into a hospitality suite will provide valuable additional revenue which will contribute significantly to maintaining the future financial sustainability of Rugby Town FC as well as raising the expectations and ambitions for the club to progress to the next tier in the Non-League football pyramid. I hope that many groups in the local community will also be able to benefit from use of this fantastic new facility.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new hospitality suite at Rugby Town FC is a hugely significant development for the club. Thanks to the considerable grant from the FSIF, Rugby Town will now be able to generate extra revenue all-year round and this will enable the club to progress up the football pyramid. I’d like to wish the club the best of luck for the years ahead.”


 For more information contact:

Mike Yeats on 07836 201 477 or mikeyeats@hotmail.com

Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk

New hospitality suite at Rugby Town
Ribbon cutting at Rugby Town FC

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