Sussex County Football League
Published 17th August 2011
...football in the country, today announced a grant of £40,475 to Sussex County League club Eastbourne United AFC, as part of a £80,949 project to build new stands and perimeter fencing at The Oval ground.
The existing covered stand is dilapidated, unsafe and will be demolished. The award will enable Eastbourne United AFC to build new stands, offering both seated and hard standing areas, which will improve the supporters viewing experience significantly.
The football ground is currently not enclosed and is open to members of the public. As a result the ground has been affected by vandalism, resulting in damage to the stand and the pitch. The funding boost will allow the ground to be enclosed, improving security and benefitting players and supporters on match days.
The club also recently secured a £19,504 grant from the FSIF to enable the replacement of their existing floodlights.
Funded by the Premier League with an annual budget of £5m, the FSIF helps to fund lower league ground improvements throughout the professional and amateur game, creating a safe and modern environment for fans and players to enjoy the game.
Eastbourne Unites secretary Brian Dowling said: “The grant will give a tremendous boost to a club whose facilities have fallen behind others in recent times. The club is a sleeping giant and hopefully it will now be able to move forward and return to the days when it was one of the top non-League clubs in Sussex.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and Football Foundation, said: “On behalf of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund I am delighted to be able to award this grant to Eastbourne United AFC.
“A vibrant community team is vital for the future of football. The Football Stadia Improvement Fund’s aim is to revolutionise funding for the grass roots in the same way the professional game has been transformed.”