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Wisbech St Mary FC delighted as upgraded stadium is unveiled in Cambridgeshire

Wisbech St Mary FC delighted as upgraded stadium is unveiled in Cambridgeshire

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Wisbech St Mary FC (WSMFC), in partnership with Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre, has officially unveiled its upgraded stadium. The project benefitted from a Premier League grant, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The funding has enabled the club, which was formed in 1993, to make a number of improvements comprising: a brand new covered spectator viewing area; four additional floodlights and ball stop netting. 

The new covered stand will improve the match day experience for spectators, helping to attract new fans to the club. The installation of extra floodlight lamps will help to provide safer, more flexible matches and training for Wisbech’s teams, which range from the Under-7 level to their adult side. 

The club’s first team, which plays in the Eastern Counties Football League, was promoted to the Thurlow Nunn Division One ahead of the 2016/17 season. The project, which received £19,990 from the Premier League through the FSIF, has helped WSMFC’s stadium to meet the Grade G requirements of the FA National Ground Grading criteria. 

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. 

The club previously received a total of £17,130 from two other grants delivered by the FSIF. The investment helped to fund the club’s other spectator stand, new dug outs and pitch surface improvements. 

Martin Holmes, Secretary of both Wisbech St Mary FC and Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre, said: “We are very grateful to the FSIF for their continued support in helping us to meet the Grade G requirements. It demonstrates that funding does find its way to grassroots football from the top of the game. Our club and the Community Centre are very proud of what we have achieved in the past few season, in delivering Step 6 football. We will continue to improve facilities as the club develops.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am pleased that Premier League money, delivered though the FSIF, has helped Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre and Wisbech FC to build a new stand and upgrade their floodlights. 

“The Premier League invests in improving stadia for clubs at the lower levels of the game, and this project is an excellent example of what that money achieves. The stand will make the match-day experience more comfortable for fans, whilst better floodlights will provide flexibility for matches and training.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Martin Holmes at martin@jsholmes.com or 07711 221 475
- Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

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"This demonstrates that funding does find its way to grassroots football from the top of the game. Our club and the Community Centre are very proud of what we have achieved in the past few seasons" - Martin Holmes, Secretary of both Wisbech St Mary FC and Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre

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