The Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non league football in the country, recently announced a grant of £96,610 to Newmarket Town FC.

This award will enable the club, who play at Step 5 in the Eastern Counties Premier Division, to carry out major improvements to their stadium including a new changing room, new perimeter fencing/footpaths and the replacement of floodlights. This work is part of a wider project at the club which also includes the replacement of an existing natural grass pitch with a third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).

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.

Graham Edwards, Secretary of Newmarket Town, who is acting as the project co-ordinator said: “We are extremely grateful to the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their generous financial support for this very exciting project. We will be installing the very latest LED floodlights which will reduce our carbon footprint and save on our running costs.”

“We will also be one of the first football clubs in this country to have a cork-filled 3G pitch which meets the highest specification for an artificial playing surface. When the work is completed in July we will have a unique modern facility which will be of enormous benefit to everyone involved in our club. We have also reached agreement with Sport England to open up this superb facility to the wider community in and around Newmarket so everyone involved in football locally will be able benefit from this huge investment.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I would like to congratulate Newmarket Town FC for their hard work in securing the grant for the extensive ground improvement works at their Town Ground home. The development will provide a real boost to the club and local community by improving the match day experience for players and fans alike. The Premier League’s investment into the works for Newmarket Town is a prime example of their commitment to improving grassroots facilities across the country. I wish the club well and look forward to seeing the works complete.”

Source: Newmarket Town FC

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