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Stadium redevelopment in Lincolnshire draws praise from local MPs

Stadium redevelopment in Lincolnshire draws praise from local MPs

Stadium redevelopment in Lincolnshire draws praise from local MPs
Melanie Onn MP (centre left) and Martin Vickers MP (centre right) were both on-hand to help unveil the stadium upgrade for Cleethorpes Town FC recently.

Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby, and Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, joined forces to officially unveil Cleethorpes Town FC’s stadium upgrade project recently (Saturday 23 June). This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Step 4 club Cleethorpes Town FC, who play in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s Division One South, to redevelop their Linden Homes Club site. The upgrades mean the club can return to its much-loved home ground, after five seasons playing at the Bradley Recreation Ground.

The funding has been used to make a number of improvements to the ground, including: installing state-of-the-art new floodlights; new perimeter hard standing and pedestrian walkways; new boundary fencing and spectator railings; two new turnstiles; two team shelters, and a covered spectator stand. The club can now accommodate 200 standing spectators, in addition to 250 seated supporters and space for five wheelchair users.

The upgrades mean that Cleethorpes Town FC’s home now meets the Category D requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria. As part of the overall project, the club have also installed another seated spectator stand, improved their changing facilities and completed significant pitch improvement works.

Cleethorpes Town FC has 26 teams, including four open-age sides, one women’s team, 18 youth male teams and four youth girls’ teams. All players, ranging from the Under-7 level to open-age, will now be better supported at the Linden Homes ground. The local Lincolnshire Sports School, with attendees from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes areas, may also take advantage of the upgraded stadium.

In addition, local professional club Grimsby Town FC are exploring establishing links with Cleethorpes Town FC. This would enable their youth players to gain valuable experience in the adult game – with the knowledge that the improvements will create the best possible environment for this.

The project was made possible by a £70,005 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

The FSIF is funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League. It 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.

Melanie Onn, MP for Greater Grimsby, said: “Football is really important to our community, so I am delighted that Cleethorpes Town FC have had such success with their stadium upgrade. It is wonderful to see them returning to their home ground in my constituency, now that it can provide a better environment for them, and I’d like to thank them for inviting me to help unveil it.

“Seeing investment in football infrastructure in the area is fantastic, and I’d like to thank the Premier League and the FSIF for their involvement. My congratulations to the club on their hard work, and I wish them all the best at their improved ground.”

Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, said: “It’s great to help officially re-open the Linden Homes Club stadium. Cleethorpes Town FC are an important part of local football here, so it’s a joy to see them back at their home ground. Their project will not only be benefiting their many players, but also their supporters.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the funding of the Premier League, through the FSIF, and I would like to thank them for their support of Cleethorpes Town FC. All football players and fans should feel excited to attend games, and I’m sure that this will be true of the club from now on!”

Jason Ledden, Cleethorpes Town FC Chairman, said: “The redevelopment of the stadium would have been impossible without the funding and help from the Premier League and local sponsors from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area. The club are eternally grateful to all involved.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is wonderful news that Cleethorpes Town FC have now been able to return to their home ground, with help from Premier League funding. Their stadium upgrade project will have a great impact on the club’s players, who can now take advantage of a safe environment that will offer more effective development. My thanks go to Melanie Onn MP and Martin Vickers MP for officially unveiling the project.

“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 Cleethorpes Town FC’s development, which are improving the experiences of players and spectators all over the country.”

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“Football is really important to our community, so I am delighted that Cleethorpes Town FC have had such success with their stadium upgrade.- Melanie Onn, MP for Greater Grimsby

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