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Harrogate Town Complete New Stand Hand Over

Tue 4th Nov 2014 | Safety & Security

Harrogate Town FC have completed the handing over and opening of the new stand at the Hospital End of the CNG Stadium.

The project, made possible thanks to a £111,017 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country, sees a new covered stand which includes a food outlet and wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.

The ground improvements are expected to not only generate greater match day revenues for the club but also ensure that the club will be able to compete in higher divisions, should they be promoted.

Taking receipt of the keys from Keith Swales and Will Griffin from constructors SB Utilities, Chairman Irving Weaver was over the moon that another part of the ground improvement scheme that both he and the board had undertaken had come to fruition.

“We are delighted to have received this funding from the FSIF for our new stand,” said Weaver.

“The CNG Stadium is now a first-class facility and will allow the club to move to the next level and enhance the match day experience for supporters.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said, “The FSIF has invested heavily into Harrogate Town AFC and it is great to see the new facilities complete and being used to help generate revenue and provide a better environment for supporters.

“The club now has an excellent base from which to develop and grow further and I will continue to follow the progress of the club closely.”

Also commenting on the new stand, Managing Director Garry Plant, said,“The fantastic new stand takes us a step closer to completing a very compact and tidy ground. The CNG Stadium is already the envy of many a club and is a physical sign of the club's footballing aspiration.

“We ought to thank the Chairman for his vision and also consider, as outlined at the last AGM that the club remains debt free.

“As outlined in the recent past we already have planning permission for a new stand along Wetherby Road. Everyone is looking forward to further developments at the ground and the hard work of achieving sustainable success on and off the pitch.”

In 2012, the club received £51,283 in order to carry out improvements to the pitch at the CNG Stadium. 

Funded with £6m 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.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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