£6000 invested at Accrington Stanley Community Trust, giving them much needed support in welcoming fans back.
Accrington Stanley Community Trust has been awarded a Return of Supporters Fund grant of £6000 that has helped to help welcome back both match-going and non-match-going fans as the 2021/22 season gets underway.
This grant is part of wider investment from the Premier League which comes in the form of the Return to Supporters Fund. This funding has enabled eligible clubs in EFL League One and Two, the National League (Step 1) and the Women’s Super League to apply for funding for fan-engagement projects ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The initiative awarded up to £6,000 through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) to support activities and events designed to strengthen the relationship between clubs and their fans.
Martin Fearon, CEO at Accrington Stanley Community Trust, said: “This grant from the Football Foundation will enable us to create a better match day experience for our returning fans this season. We will create fan engagement provision on match days and also non match days through a variety of activities in the local community.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Return of Supporters Fund is another commitment from the Premier League to clubs throughout the football pyramid.
“Along with clubs across the country, this grant awarded to Accrington Stanley Community Trust will help to develop new ways of interacting with fans – both those returning to stadiums and others supporting from home – building upon the huge excitement for the new season.”
The Return of Supporters Fund is the latest financial support the Premier League has provided for wider football through the FSIF during the pandemic. The Matchday Support Fund enabled more than 1,000 clubs from across the National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid and Welsh Premier League to access funding to put enhanced safety measures in place at grounds for fans.
In total, over 2,500 Covid-19 relief grants worth £6.9m have been awarded to clubs through the FSIF since March 2020.
Last year, the Football Foundation – the charity of the Premier League, The FA and the Government – launched the Pitch and Club Preparation Funds to help clubs prepare their playing surfaces and other facilities for the resumption of football. This saw £8.7 million provided to clubs in the grassroots, non-league and women’s game.