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Clubs in BBFA kick-off the new Season with a FSIF Grant

Over the last few months, four member clubs of Berks & Bucks FA playing in the National League System have benefitted from a total £219,100...

Buckingham Athletic FC currently play in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division One and their home ground is Stratford Fields, Buckingham were awarded £19,865 through FSIF for a replacement of existing floodlights.
Club Chairman, Tony Checkley commented;"With the Buckingham Athletic floodlights over 30 years old we knew that we had to do some urgent work during the close season. It was a real concern on how we could get the money together for this £40k project so we are extremely pleased and grateful to the Football Foundation for supporting the project with their funding. The replacement lighting will give us a 60% improvement from 125 to 200 lux value and will now start in the middle of August and be ready for the 2017/18 season.

I also need to send my sincere thanks to our committee in particular Steve Orme who has managed this project throughout. I am not sure people realise how much effort it takes, the amount of detail and information you need is huge but Steve has worked extremely hard and done a great job in getting the funding

Hungerford Town FC who play at Bulpit Lane in Hungerford National League South Division, were successful with FSIF for the replacement of turnstiles, new spectator toilets, new first aid room, reconfiguation and and imporvment to changing rooms, additional 100 covered seating accomodation and improved floodlighting; the Club received £70,928, a 50% grant of FSIF funding with the total projects costs of £141,655.
Hungerford Town FC, Club Secretary, Mike Hall commented; "Hungerford Town FC are delighted to have received a substantial grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which will help the club sustain and hopefully continue it's remarkable rise from Step 5 to Step 2 of non-league football over the past 8 seasons. The grant money, matched pound for pound by donations from an increasing number of supporters, is being put towards ensuring that the facilities off the field keep pace with the performance of the players on the field and is also helping to create a lasting legacy for the development of young players for the future"

Old Bradwell United FC who play at Bradwell Sports and Social Club, Abbey Road in Milton Keynes compete in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division Two and received a £50,000 FSIF grant towards their extension and refurbishment of the existing clubhouse.
Chairman, Club Sectretary, Clive Carter at Old Bradwell United FC commented;"Despite many difficult and frustrating planning issues, with regard to their proposed Dressing Rooms extension, Bradwell Sports & Social Club and Old Bradwell United Football Club, are delighted to announce that their joint Grant application, to the Football Foundation / Football Stadia Improvement Fund, has been successful. They have awarded us up to £50,000, which on top of the generous £20,000, already committed by the Bradwell Parish Council and our own financial input, has allowed the project to begin. Some internal alterations and the new build will give us two new player Dressing Rooms and an Officials Room that are fully compliant with the FA's requirement for Clubs at Step 7 of the football pyramid, the level at which Old Bradwell United compete. In addition, the kitchen facility will be re-sited and there will be additional work on the Club's patio area.  Both Clubs would like to sincerely thank the Parish Council and the Football Association for their time and financial contributions to this project, without which the Football Club's very existence was under threat. It is anticipated that all building work will be completed, towards the end of September."

Maidenhead United FC currently play in the National League at York Road in Maidenhead. The Club have received a FSIF grant £78,307, total cost of the project is £156,615 towards a new accesssible entrance, new turnstiles, improvements to the existing pitch permiter hardstanding, new open terracing, new spectators WCS and new dugouts.
Chief Executive of Maidenhead United FC, Jon Adams commented; "We are very grateful for the investment from the Football Stadia Investment Fund, which has allowed us to undertake essential improvements to the ground in advance of our first season the into National League. As a consequence of the funding we have been able to improve both accessibility and amenity the ground for the benefit of all supporters, with works including the provision of new terracing and toilet facilities."

If you are a Club playing in the National League System for Season 2017/18 and are looking for partnership funding towards a project please visit the Football Stadium Improvement Fund for information on the criteria, funding levels and further guidance.  http://www.fsif.co.uk/  

For further information on funding for capital projects in the county please contact Liz Pill on (01235) 544896 or via e-mail: Liz.Pill@Berks-BucksFA.com

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