Premier League helps fund safe
return to action for
non-league and women’s clubs
Premier League today launched a new Fund to help clubs in the National League
System, Women’s Football Pyramid and Welsh Premier League prepare for the
resumption of football and safe return of supporters to their stadiums.
new Matchday Support Fund will help clubs to put measures in place that will
make grounds safer for the 2020/21 season given the additional risks posed by
the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement follows the recent publication of
Government and FA guidelines for the return of football and spectators at
grants will be managed by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which is
financed by the Premier League and supports non-league and Women’s Football
Pyramid clubs with the cost of improvements to their grounds.
application window is now open to eligible National League System clubs in
Steps 1-6, the Welsh Premier League and women’s clubs in Tiers 1-5. In total,
65 leagues and more than 1,100 clubs will be able to benefit from this
financial support. The window closes on 16 September.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As
football matches across the country begin to resume, the safety of everyone
remains of paramount importance. It is crucial that clubs are able to adapt
their stadiums and grounds to allow games to be played and also for supporters
to return to the stands. We are doing everything we can to get fans back into
Premier League stadiums, but we also want to help clubs throughout the football
pyramid to do the same.
pleased that, beyond our existing support to the wider game, the Premier League
is able to offer this additional funding via our Football Stadia Improvement
Fund. We hope this will help more than 1,000 men’s and women’s teams across
different leagues get matchday ready and safely welcome fans back into their
grounds, in line with Government guidance.”
announcement follows the recent provision of the Pitch and Club Preparation
Funds, which saw £8.7m in grants from the Premier League, the FA and
Government’s Football Foundation awarded to prepare the country’s playing
surfaces and facilities for the return of football.
latest Matchday Support grants will help clubs to make the necessary changes to
satisfy the latest FA, Welsh FA and Government guidance, covering two key areas
of the matchday experience:
Stadium – grants can help clubs make the physical
infrastructure changes required to reopen their stadia in line with the latest
guidance. This includes conducting risk assessments and implementing measures,
such as reducing capacity and creating capacity for socially distanced
Supporters – grants can also be used to help ensure
supporters’ safe travel to and from stadia, as well as their attendance at the
game, and the implementation of NHS Track
and Trace measures. This could include:
The purchase of contactless payment technology.
The installation of hand-sanitisation points.
Implementing advance ticketing systems.
Specialist consultancy support around risk
assessments or travel plans.
Fan engagement interventions – such as
additional signage, stewarding or transport hubs
FA recently released guidance to help
providers of outdoor football facilities achieve the Government’s guidelines.
The providers will need to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, then adapt
their facilities via three key ‘controls’: promoting good hygiene; keeping
facilities and equipment clean; maintaining social distancing and avoiding
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive
of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The much-anticipated return to action
for non-league, women’s and Welsh Premier League clubs is welcome news.
important that it’s also a safe return, so this is
another welcome helping hand from the Premier League towards achieving that.
Clubs have until 16 September to get their application in, so they should visit
now to ensure they don’t miss out.”
The application window will be open between 2 September and
16 September 2020. Please visit the Football Foundation website for
further details on the Matchday Support Fund and how to apply.