Wingate & Finchley FC in North London has been awarded funding by the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), towards a development project for their stadium.
As sister organisation of the Football Foundation, the FSIF are the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
The £146,592 grant will enable Wingate & Finchley FC, which plays in the Bostik League Premier Division at Step 3, to improve their existing stadium, in particular their changing provision and function room. The project is being undertaken to revitalise the building, which requires a refresh with its last major overhaul having been 27 years ago. When finished, the club will benefit from an upgraded function room and bar, state-of-the-art changing rooms for both players and officials, and upgraded spectator toilets.
Next season, the club plans to bring its youth structure in-house. Its teams will range from its semi-professional first team all the way down to the Under-7 age group, as it looks to grow links in the local area and benefit the community and local grassroots game.
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.