The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non-league football in the country, today announced a grant of £21,925 to Leek Town Football Club.
The grant will enable the club to install a brand new pitch perimeter fence to replace the existing dilapidated post and rail fence which will enhance crowd safety at Harrison Park.
Funded with £6m 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.
Andrew Wain, Chairman of Leek Town FC, said: “This is great news for the club and the town. We would especially like to thank John Paul Considine of the FSIF for his help and guidance in bringing our grant application to fruition.
“We have worked hard on this project along with the FSIF and we are grateful to them for awarding us a sports match grant, without which this work would definitely not have gone ahead.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the FSIF, said: “I am delighted that Leek Town Football Club have been awarded this grant. The money will help the club to improve ground safety for its supporters.
“FSIF staff work hard to make sure that the funding that is generously provided by the Premier League each year goes as far as possible and benefits as many clubs and supporters as it possibly can.”