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Simon Hoare MP unveils new spectator stand and footpath at Blandford United FC

Simon Hoare MP unveils new spectator stand and footpath at Blandford United FC

Simon Hoare MP unveils new spectator stand and footpath at Blandford United FC
Simon Hoare MP (centre left), and the Mayor of Blandford Forum, Cllr Lynn Lindsay (centre right), officially open Blandford United FC's new spectator stand.

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, officially unveiled Blandford United FC’s new spectator stand and footpath in North Dorset recently (Saturday 14 September 2019). The ground improvements were made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Blandford United FC, whose first team plays in the Dorset County Premier League at Step 7 of the Football Association Pyramid, to provide an accessible footpath to their clubhouse and a new covered spectator stand.

The footpath will provide supporters with an even access to the clubhouse, pitch and spectator stand at Blandford Forum. This offers safer access for disabled fans, wheelchair users and pushchairs too. It will also help protect the adjoining cricket pitch because the path runs within the Cricket Club’s boundary. The new covered stand will ensure supporters have a more comfortable matchday experience, sheltered from the wind and rain that is so often experienced during the football season.

It has been decades since Blandford United FC had a spectator stand and the design of the new facility will mean there is also space for wheelchair users to watch the game undercover. The new stand and footpath ensures that the club now meets Grade H of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria applicable to its Step 7 status.

The project was made possible by a £12,729 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation. Additional funding of £6,000 was provided by Blandford Forum Town Council with a contribution of £500 from BUFC.

Mickey Westwood, President of Blandford United FC, said: “Over the years, the club has worked hard to improve facilities for its players, visiting teams and spectators. Support from the Dorset County Football Association and the Town Council has helped us to achieve the essential grant funding from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League. I would like to thank Simon Hoare MP and the Mayor of Blandford Forum, Cllr Lynn Lindsay for attending and officially opening the new facility.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The work undertaken by Blandford United FC to overhaul the facilities at Blandford Forum is superb and will breathe a new lease of life into the club. I am so pleased that investment from the Premier League, through the FSIF, has helped them to make this project a reality – just one of many projects they are funding across England.

“Their money is being used to upgrade infrastructure and create safer, more comfortable environments for players and spectators at all levels. This is so important, not just in helping to inspire love of the game, but also in helping clubs ensure the safety of its members.”

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“Over the years, the club has worked hard to improve facilities for its players, visiting teams and spectators.” - Mickey Westwood, President of Blandford United FC

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