Welsh Premier League

Find out more about how the FSIF can help fund Welsh Premier League Clubs

The FSIF provides money for clubs in the Welsh Premier League who want to improve their facilities for players, officials and spectators.

Grants and eligibility

Grant limits

Welsh Premier League clubs are eligible to apply for:

  • a maximum of £400,000 over a five year cumulative period
  • a maximum grant of 50% of eligible costs.
     

Eligible projects

Whilst we will not automatically provide funding for work you need to undertake to meet the requirements of Welsh Premier League domestic licence, the table below indicates the types of project that are eligible under FSIF policy.

For more information on the Welsh Premier League club licencing system or the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations, please use the following guides:

We have included safety categories based on the ‘Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds’. Where appropriate, the guide provides detailed guidance to help you assess the safe capacity of a sports ground. The guide can be found at:

FSIF eligibility criteria

You are eligible to apply for grant aid to meet the membership conditions of your current league. If you are promoted in to the Welsh Premier League from the Cymru Alliance League or Welsh Football League Division One, you are eligible to apply for grant aid to meet the membership conditions of the new league, but only after your promotion has been confirmed by the league.

We base grants on the league you were in at the time you submitted your application, and our Board retains full discretion regarding what they consider appropriate.

Project Welsh Premier League
New covered seating Yes
New open seating No
New open or covered safe terracing Yes
Upgrading open safe terracing Yes
Convert terrace to open seating No
Convert terrace to covered seating Yes
First aid rooms Yes
Secure boundary fencing and gates Yes
Pitch perimeter rails, barriers + infil Yes
Players and officials safe walkway Yes
Pitch perimeter hardstanding Yes
PA systems (initial provision only) Yes
CCTV (initial provision only) Yes
Computerised turnstiles Yes
Control rooms Yes
Mains service connections Yes
Crush barrier installations Yes
New floodlights and upgrades1 Yes
Emergency lighting (initial provision only) Yes
Spectator toilets Yes
Press seating Yes
Turnstile and pay kiosks Yes
Changing rooms Yes
Pitch drainage Yes
Pitch irrigation2 Yes
Car and coach parking2 Yes
Access roads2 No
Stewards radios (initial provision) Yes
Hospitality areas (incl. tea bars)3 Yes
Artificial pitches No
Viewing for disabled spectators Yes
All facilities for disabled spectators Yes
Dug-outs/technical areas Yes
Pitch maintenance equipment4 Yes
Ball stop netting5 Yes

 

  • 1If you need to provide floodlights to meet the membership conditions of your league, you are eligible to apply for a grant towards installing the floodlights or towards improving the floodlights if this is necessary because your club has been promoted. Replacement of bulbs and other maintenance operations are not eligible for support but the replacement of very old, defective systems would be considered. Second-hand systems might be considered subject to independent structural and electrical reports. Mobile floodlights are not eligible.
  • 2Car and coach parking/access roads will only be considered eligible if the works are required to improve access to the ground for disabled spectators, and/or to satisfy statutory requirements imposed by the local planning authority/Highways Authority, and/or to resolve a specific issue relating to health and safety.
  • 3Permanent buildings only with planning permission. Players' and directors' exclusive bars are not eligible.
  • 4Eligible provided there is safe storage provision on site, insurance for theft, user instruction (including health and safety) and demonstrating sufficient, reliable voluntary labour to undertake the work. Maximum £10,000
  • 5Eligible subject to appropriate justification (e.g. close proximity to a busy road, railway line or causing a nuisance to neighbours).

Ineligible work

  • Director's areas
  • Land/site purchase
  • Routine maintenance i.e. decorations, repairs, annual operations such as boiler servicing, pitch decompaction etc.
  • Artificial pitches
  • Goalposts

Pre-application advice

Security of tenure

To be eligible for funding, your club must be a member of the Welsh Premier League and either own the freehold of the site you want to develop or have a lease with at least ten years or 21 years unexpired as appropriate i.e. 10 years for clubs applying for up to £150,000 and 21 years for clubs applying for £150,000 and over.

Any grant over £100,000 (or less if there is a particular concern) will require a legal restriction or charge placed on the land title. Associated legal fees for setting-up would be included as part of the eligible cost.

The FSIF reserves the right to demand repayment if a grant aided facility is not in use for a minimum period of time. For any grants less than £150,000 this would be for 10 years. Above £150,000 the period would be 21 years on a sliding scale. For example, 100% would be taken back during the first 10 years but reducing to 50% by year 15 and just 10% by year 19. The minimum unexpired lease would need to correspond with the restriction/charge duration. 

Financial information

All clubs are required to submit accounts for the previous three years and a copy of the club’s most recent bank statement.

A five year income and expenditure forecast should be provided with the application, if:

  • the application is for works to develop the club's hospitality facilities or for clubhouse improvement work which would either:
    • provide substantial changes to the operational practise when generating additional revenue
    • the development could have a material effect on liabilities such as utilities, business rates, staff costs, maintenance etc.
  • the application is to support the club moving to a new site
  • the grant request is over £100,000
  • some or all partnership funding is in the form of a loan, whereby the club will be required to demonstrate its ability to meet the repayment terms.

Please note the above is only applicable for funding requests over £20,000.

Supporting documents

At the point of application all applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Governing documents
  • Past three years accounts
  • Copy of the club’s most recent bank statement
  • Evidence of partnership funding

Ready to apply?

Following pre-application advice, if your club is eligible to apply for grant aid you can now submit an application.

The FSIF Officers are on hand to support clubs through the application process and will offer step by step advice on planning the project and ensuring the club provides the requisite information required for the specific type of project you are applying for.

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