LINCOLNSHIRE BASED BOTTESFORD TOWN FC OFFICIALLY SWITCHED ON THEIR BRAND-NEW FLOODLIGHT SYSTEM BEFORE PLAYING SCUNTHORPE UNITED UNDER-23’S IN A FRIENDLY ON WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER
This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The investment has allowed Bottesford Town FC, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, at Step 5, to install a new LED floodlight system at their home ground, Birkdale Park.
The club’s original floodlights were installed at another facility in Scunthorpe over 40 years ago. In 1995 they were dismantled, modified and relocated to Birkdale Park and in 2008, these lights were slightly upgraded to fit requirements. The latest LED upgrade and improvements ensure that the club meet the requirements of Category G for the FA National Ground Grading Criteria applicable to their Step level.
Bottesford Town FC is a large FA Charter Standard Community Club with 27 teams ranging from Under-6 boys and girls to male and female adult first teams. Bottesford FC also run a Downs Syndrome Active Team, which is the only one in Lincolnshire. The floodlights will help support the development and growth of all teams.
The project was made possible by a £30,035 total grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation. The additional costs were covered by North Lincolnshire Council, Bottesford Town Council and Bottesford Town FC, who invested £39,990 between them.
Tony Reeve, Chairman of Bottesford Town Football Club, said: “We are particularly appreciative of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League for supporting our Club over many years as we work through the identified improvements listed in our Football Development Plan. This latest development has been designed and installed to meet the requirements of our next major project - that being a full size 3G facility.
"I would also like to put on record our sincere gratitude to both the North Lincolnshire and the Bottesford Town Council for their continual support, who share similar aims as the Club in delivering a better future for the young people in the local Community."
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new floodlights at Bottesford Town FC represent another great boost for a club that is continuing to progress up the football pyramid, now playing in Step 5 in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
“The developments at Birkdale Park will enable the club to push on and I look forward to seeing the club develop further over the coming seasons. The Premier League, through the FSIF, is committed to improving grassroots infrastructure right across the country and these works are further proof of this.”
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