*The Football Stadia Improvement Fund Press Release
Thanks to a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), Crediton United Football Club have been able to acquire a vital new piece of equipment for their ground maintenance at Lords Meadow Crediton.
The funding enabled Crediton United, who play in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division One East at Step 7 and Devon & Exeter Division 3, to acquire a brand new Kubota G21 mower to help with the maintenance of their pitch at their Lords Meadow ground in Crediton.
The Club has always prided itself in the excellent playing surface at Lords Meadow on which generations of players have enjoyed over the past 45 years.
The Club runs two Saturday men’s teams, a Veterans and Under 18’s team which also use the pitch regularly. The Youth section run a total of fifteen teams including four girls teams who also use the main pitch when conditions allow.
The club received a grant of £8399 from the Premier League towards the cost, delivered by the FSIF, which helped to make the acquisition possible.
The FSIF is funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League. It 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.
Long serving Club Honorary Life Member, Chris Gillard, who has been involved with the project, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League, for the opportunity to replace the aged grass cutting Kubota mower which will help us to maintain an excellent surface on the pitch and surrounding areas and enable the Club to continue to provide grassroots sport in the area.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The FSIF is one of the many ways that the Premier League is offering a helping hand to clubs further down the pyramid."
“I commend Crediton United for their efforts in securing this Premier League funding towards their ground maintenance.”
Left to right: Chris Gillard (Honorary Life Member Crediton United), Graham Avery (Vice Chairman and Groundsman), Simon Newsome (Sales manager for Medland Sanders and Twose of Tiverton)