Linby Colliery Welfare FC has been awarded a grant by the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), towards the improvement of their existing pitch. The FSIF, sister organisation of the Football Foundation, are the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
The £15,344 FSIF grant will enable the club, which plays in the Central Midlands Football League South Division at Step 7, to widen its grass pitch and perform vital surface improvement and levelling works. Currently, the pitch is not level and does not provide the club with the best environment on which to develop their players.
Once finished, however, the pitch improvement project will benefit Linby Colliery Welfare FC’s two male senior teams and its youth section – comprising two Under-18 teams, an Under-16 side and both a male and female Under-13 side.
Funded with £6.5m 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.
Adrian Ward, Linby Colliery Welfare FC Chairman, said: “Without the help from the Premier League and the FSIF, clubs like ours would never be able to carry on. It will be a massive boost to our club, and help us on the way to our overall target of creating a sustainable community club.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s great news that Linby Colliery Welfare FC have been awarded this grant, to help them improve the quality of their pitch. This will help them to improve the safety and effectiveness of training for its players. The Premier League, through the FSIF, is committed to providing safer infrastructure across lower league clubs and this is just one example of how their investment is being used to achieve this goal.”