[P]enrith AFC has received £5,766, from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
The funding, along with grants of £4,000 from Eden District Council, and £1,500 from Cumbria County Council, will enable Penrith AFC to purchase equipment and undertake maintenance of the pitch at Frenchfield. This in turn should help reduce the number of postponements due to Cumbria’s inclement weather! Thanks to the grant the Club will be able to work on the playing surface in a much more effective manner in the future.
Funded with £5.2m 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.
Ian White, Secretary of Penrith AFC, said “We are extremely grateful to the FSIF, Eden District Council, and Cumbria County Council, for their generous support in enabling us to purchase much needed ground equipment, to improve our playing surface. The assistance of Cumberland FA in supporting our application is also much appreciated.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said “It is a fundamental principle that clubs should be able to progress competitively and not be hindered because of unsatisfactory facilities, so naturally I am pleased to see the award of £5,766 to enable Penrith AFC to purchase ground equipment.
The work of the FSIF is only possible because of the generous support of the Premier League and this investment is a further example of funding which will help to improve supporter’s experience of watching the game.”
Craig Lewis, Football Development Manager for Cumberland FA added, “We are delighted that Penrith FC has received this grant from FSIF as well as other funds locally. The partnership the club has with Eden District Council is a vital part of the clubs desire to continue developing Football in the area. As one of our leading National League System Clubs, it is important the club has a surface that can take the amount of fixtures given throughout the season. The new equipment will hopefully help the club to significantly reduce the amount of fixtures lost each year as well as providing a much improved surface for the players to enjoy.”