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News Archive > Sport > Mayor unveils upgrade of Mount Wise stadium

Mayor unveils upgrade of Mount Wise stadium

By Tom Howe 12th April 2017

Mayor unveils upgrade of Mount Wise stadium
STADIUM UPGRADE: Mayor Carl Leadbetter (third from right) unveils a plaque to commemorate the upgrades at Newquay’s Mount Wise

Newquay AFC officially unveiled their upgraded Mount Wise Stadium prior to their first-team fixture versus St Austell. 

The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The grant has enabled the club, founded in 1890, to upgrade their floodlights and extend the viewing areas for supporters, improvements which will ensure the Cornish club meet the required FA National Ground Grading criteria. 

The works will enable the club to continue competing in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, which the Peppermints won promotion to in 2012, and match their ambitions to further climb the National League System.

The £13,542 grant builds upon previous investment from the FSIF into the Mount Wise Stadium, with Newquay AFC awarded £17,707 in 2012 towards replacement floodlights and the refurbishment of their changing rooms.   

Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – 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.

Newquay AFC secretary John Moore said: “We are deeply indebted to the Premier League, through the FSIF, for the grant they have given to the club. Without the floodlights and hard standing, we would not be able to stay in the current league we play in.

“The floodlights are essential to both the adult and youth sections of the club, and a considerable amount of games are played under lights during the autumn and winter time. This of course is not forgetting the hard standing which now enables disabled and able bodied people access to all areas of the ground. 

“Our thanks also go to Newquay Town Council who additionally supported us with funding.”

Peter McCormick OBE, chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I’m delighted Newquay AFC have upgraded the Mount Wise Stadium thanks to the Premier League’s financial support, through the FSIF. 

“These are the very projects that enable clubs to climb the National League System, helping match long-held ambitions alongside the necessary stadia infrastructure. It’s a great moment and opportunity for the club, and I’m excited to see them kick-on from here.”

By Tom Howe 12th April 2017

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