Great news for football in Brackley today, as Brackley Town are celebrating receiving 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 Brackley Town put in place measures that will make their ground safer for the 2020/21 season given the challenges caused by COVID-19.
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 ootball.
Francis Oliver, Chairman at Brackley Town said: “The Matchday Support Fund grant is a huge boost to our club in these difficult times. The grant will help us to continue and build upon the work that we have carried out already to make our stadium a safe environment for both staff and supporters, whom we look forward to welcoming back to St James Park soon.”
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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.