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Wycombe Wanderers Legends pitch-in to open new £128,000 playing surface at Penn & Tylers Green FC

Wycombe Wanderers Legends pitch-in to open new £128,000 playing surface at Penn & Tylers Green FC

Wycombe Wanderers Legends pitch-in to open new £128,000 playing surface at Penn & Tylers Green FC

Some of Wycombe Wanderers FC's greatest ever players turned out to help Penn and Tylers Green FC officially open their new natural grass pitch, including a perimeter barrier and dugouts, recently (Saturday 9 July 2016) thanks to a £68,194 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The club, who were champions of the Hellenic League Division One last season, marked the first game on the new £128,476 pitch with a game against a Wycombe Wanderers Legends XI, featuring the 1993 FA Trophy winning side, including Steve Guppy and Keith Scott. 

The old field had many hazardous components to it including drainage issues but the new pitch is of superior quality thanks to the relocation in front of the clubhouse. The improvements mean the club do not require further work to meet the criteria of the FA Ground Grading requirements now that they have been promoted. The new pitch means the club can better accommodate their 22 teams, ranging from Under-5 to senior sides.

Funded with £5.2m 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.

James Keating , Communications Officer Penn & Tylers Green FC, said: “Five years in planning with all the hurdles and 'ups and downs' disappeared into the distance because of today. We got there in the end, through considerable and valuable help from the FSIF and we now have a fantastic pitch providing the community with a wonderful footballing facility. We are extremely grateful to former Wycombe Wanderers star Keith Scott for bringing the legendary FA Trophy winning side to French School Meadows for the official opening of our new pitch.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted to see Penn & Tylers Green FC have been able to create a new pitch with this grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF. The properly-drained grass pitch will allow the club to continue to develop and will be a base for their many teams. It was great to see the former Wycombe Wanderers players out in force to show their support for their local club.’’

ENDS

For more information contact: 
- James Keating on 07920 763 729 or  James@retailmedialeisure.com 
- Harry Simmons on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4274 or harry.simmons@footballfoundation.org.uk

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"We got there in the end, through considerable and valuable help from the FSIF and we now have a fantastic pitch providing the community with a wonderful footballing facility."

James Keating, Communications Officer, Penn & Tylers Green FC

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