Linby Colliery Welfare FC celebrated Non-League Day by officially unveiling their refurbished natural grass pitch in Nottingham.
This was made possible by investment from the Premier League, delivered via the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the largest funders of non-league football in England.
The funding has enabled Linby Colliery Welfare FC, a Step 7 side, who play in the Central Midlands League, to make improvements to their home pitch. The project comprised regrading and cultivation works to the natural turf pitch at the club’s Church Lane ground.
The works were desperately needed to bring the current first team pitch up to a standard suitable for them to play in the FA National League System. General levels and gradients across the site were poor and this project has allowed the club to rotate the pitch in order to increase the playing area so that it is now suitable for football at its current level and that above.
Now known as Linby Colliery Welfare FC, the club reformed in 1946, under the guidance of former Arsenal player, Ernest Coleman. The club now boasts a total of seven teams, all of which will benefit from the improvements made to the pitch at Church Lane.
The project was made possible by a £15,344 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.
Ade Ward, Chairman of Linby Colliery Welfare FC, said: “Without the help of the FSIF our club would not have able to create this wonderful new playing surface. I would like to thank all the hard work put in by everyone at the club and our team of volunteers for making this a reality.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The news that Premier League funding, delivered by the FSIF, can have such a positive effect on clubs like Linby Colliery FC is fantastic. The improved playing surface will not only increase the enjoyment of everyone who uses the pitch but will in turn improve the quality of football played.
“Through funding from the Premier League, improvements to football stadia infrastructure for lower league clubs, such as Linby Colliery FC, is something that the FSIF is fully committed to and will continue to help deliver long into the future.”