13 Apr 2021
On the 1st February 2020 Hampton and Richmond Borough FC officially unveiled their renovated terracing and main stand at their Beveree stadium in Hampton Village. The work was made possible with investment from the Premier League, delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The investment has allowed HRBFC, who play in The Vanarama National League South, to transform an ageing area of the stadium and bring it back up to the capacity required for playing at the Step 6 level.
In addition to the first team, HRBFC runs two academy sides, two ladies’ teams and a pan-disability side. Prominent local organisation Hampton Youth is affiliated to the Club and runs numerous teams for both boys and girls of all ages. All of these teams will benefit from the refurbishment as they use the ground from both a playing, supporting and facilities perspective.
The Club has very few paid employees and is largely run by volunteers. The biggest shareholding in HRBFC is held by the Supporters’ Trust who see the sustainability of the Club as an absolute priority. Trust members assisted in compiling the application and provided significant funds to support the Club’s financial contribution to this project.
In total the project received £67,568 from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.
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.
Club Chairman, Jacques Le Bars, said:
“The financial support of the FSIF has been crucial in helping the Club achieve its safety and capacity objectives, whilst maintaining the special and unique character of the Beveree Stadium. We are extremely grateful to the Premier League for providing the necessary funding via the FSIF. Whilst this was the first application the Club has made, the experience has been very positive and, should circumstances dictate, we would not hesitate to contact the FSIF for future assistance.”
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13 Apr 2021