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Mims Davies MP to officially unveil AFC Stoneham’s new floodlights

July 17, 2017
Mims Davies, the MP for Eastleigh, will officially unveil the new floodlights for AFC Stoneham on Tuesday August 1st when the club entertain local neighbours Eastleigh with a 7.45 pm kick off at their HP Arena ground in Chestnut Avenue. 

The project was made possible by a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). The new floodlights will help the club to meet the FA National Ground Grading Criteria required for their current Step 6 position in the National League system, which they were promoted to after the 2015/16 season.The improvements to the facility will benefit the whole club, which currently has over 30 teams, ranging from the age of four to their adult first team. 
The grant from the Premier league was for £28,323 , through the FSIF, the largest funders of non-league football in the country. Funded with £5.2m 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.

AFC Stoneham Chairman , Mark Stupple, said:
‘The funding and support from the football stadia improvement fund was vital in us being able to install brand new lights costing £40,000.This will enable us to grow further as a club and we are hoping to take the new lights with us to our new facility in 3 years time.

We are building a strong community club for the Eastleigh area and next season will have over 30 teams playing in our colours with 11 new teams joining this summer which is fantastic for the long term growth and development of our club. We are having ongoing discussions with both Eastleigh Borough Council and the Football Association in respect of our new facility necessary due to the North Stoneham housing project meaning we will sadly lose our current home and excellent facility.
As a Community Club it is vital that with over 500 members, mainly local children, we still provide excellent facilities for sport whilst keeping both our identity and autonomy which will allow the club to continue with our ambitious plans for, hopefully, the good of the whole community including potentially the residents of the 1100 new houses. We have preferred options for the new site and hopefully all parties can collaborate ,work together and all benefit whilst meeting their individual objectives.’

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