Great news for football in Telford today, as AFC Telford United are celebrating receiving £15,000 funding from the Premier League to help them prepare for the restart of football and safe return of supporters to their stadium.
The Matchday Support Fund grant will help AFC Telford United put in place measures that will make their ground safer for the 2020/21 season given the challenges caused by COVID-19.
The grant will help the club pay for the increased costs of staging our games, hand sanitisers, PPE, temperature checking, barriers, floor markings transport to games and much more that we need to have in place before we can welcome supporters back to the stadium.
The Matchday Support Fund is managed by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which is financed by the Premier League and supports non-league and Women’s Football Pyramid clubs with the cost of improvements to their grounds.
The Matchday Support Fund follows the recent Pitch and Club Preparation Funds, which saw £8.7m in grants awarded by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation to prepare the country’s playing surfaces and facilities for the return of football.
Luke Shelley, Football Operations Manager said: “The Matchday Support Fund grant is a massive boost to AFC Telford United at this difficult time. There has been so much work gone in behind the scenes to ensure that our stadium is safe and giving our supporters the confidence to know that they are entering a safe environment. We would like to thank Football Stadia Improvement Fund for the support which has helped to ensure we have everything in place to comply with the FA guidelines.
For more information please contact:
- Luke Shelley, [email protected] 01952 567546
Notes to Editors
About the Matchday Support Fund
The application window for the Matchday Support Fund is open from 2 September to 5pm on 16 September to eligible National League System clubs in Steps 1-6, the Welsh Premier League and women’s clubs in Tiers 1-5. In total, 65 leagues and more than 1,100 clubs are able to benefit from this financial support. For more information visit: https://footballfoundation.org.uk/grant/matchday-support-fund.
About the Football Stadia Improvement Fund
The FSIF is solely funded by the Premier League and 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.