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Tuffley Rovers AFC unveils stadium upgrade in Gloucestershire

Tuffley Rovers AFC unveils stadium upgrade in Gloucestershire

Tuffley Rovers AFC unveils stadium upgrade in Gloucestershire
Rich Purdy (right), son of Albert Purdy, and Tuffley Rovers AFC's Executive Chairman Neil Spiller (left) were delighted to see their new spectator stand already in use during last night's fixture. The stand helps the club's stadium to meet the Grade F requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria.

Tuffley Rovers AFC officially opened their upgraded stadium yesterday (Tuesday 3 October), 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 upgrades were unveiled at a match against a Bristol City FC XI, with proceeds from admissions being donated to The James Hopkins Trust. 

The funding has enabled Tuffley Rovers, who play in the Hellenic League Premier Division, to build a brand new spectator stand, with a capacity of 100. It will be named The AW Purdy Stand in honour of Mr Albert Purdy, who was instrumental in getting the club to the level they now play at.

The new stand will vastly improve the match-day experience for fans, which the club hopes will make it easier to attract new spectators and retain existing ones. The upgrade project means that Tuffley Rovers’ stadium now meets the Grade F requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their Step 5 position.

The project was made possible by a £14,082 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Foundation – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation. The club has also been able to install ball-stop netting which will improve the overall safety of the ground, and a public address system, thanks to their Premier League grant. 

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. 

Neil Spiller, Tuffley Rovers AFC’s Executive Chairman and Football Secretary is delighted with the project: “We needed to introduce these upgrades to meet the Step 5 requirements, and having the new stand, which is a fantastic addition to the facilities, along with a new tannoy system and other improvements is wonderful for the club. The cost of this would have been prohibitive without the amazing support of the FSIF – their funding support is key for clubs in the non-league game. 

“Albert Purdy – or Mr Purdy to those who knew and respected him! – is something of an iconic figure in the history of Tuffley Rovers, as without him we wouldn’t have secured the right to play at our site or at the level we do today. We had no hesitation in looking to name the stand in his memory and we are glad to unveil it in front of members of his family.” 

Peter McCormick MBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that Tuffley Rovers AFC’s stadium upgrades will have such a positive impact on their fans’ experiences. I’d like to congratulate them on securing the funding from the Premier League, and their hard work in bringing the project to fruition. 

“The Football Stadia Improvement Fund works hard to channel the Premier League’s investment into projects like this one, which help to improve the infrastructure of lower-league stadia across the country – benefitting clubs and their fans alike.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Neil Spiller at admin@tuffleyroversfc.co.uk or 07545 492 261
-Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

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"We needed to introduce these upgrades to meet the Step 5 requirements, and having the new stand, which is a fantastic addition to the facilities, along with a new tannoy system and other improvements is wonderful for the club." -  Neil Spiller, Tuffley Rovers AFC’s Executive Chairman and Football Secretary

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