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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. Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratfordon-Avon, said: “I was delighted to officially open Stratford Town FC’s new stand. The facility will provide a safe environment for supporters and players to enjoy the game. Improvements to the toilet facilities and terrace adds to this impressive site, which without the investment from the Premier League through the FSIF, would not have been possible. “The charity match with Touch FM was great fun, and what a brilliant way to commemorate the opening of a fantastic facility. I would like to thank everyone involved with making the development a reality, and I look forward to seeing Stratford Town FC’s continuous improvement in the years to come.” Melanie Tweddle, Chairman of Stratford Town FC, said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support in developing the facilities at the DCS Stadium. The funding from the Premier League through the FSIF has made the new stand a reality, and we look forward to the next season where our focus is to continue doing well in the Southern Premier Division.” Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “Stratford Town FC are a great grassroots club, and I am thrilled to see the new stand officially open. The covered seating, terrace and toilet facilities will provide a safe and comfortable base for players, supporters and all of the club’s members. The improvements made to the DCS Stadium mean the club also meet the relevant ground grading criteria, which allows them to continue playing at their current level. The Premier League is dedicated to improving stadia facilities like the stand at Stratford Town FC – without their investment these developments would not be possible. I would like to wish the club all the best for the coming years.” Touch FM presenters, Ollie Gallant (in blue) and Simon Alexander (in orange) with match officials ahead of the game. Simon's team won 4-2 on penalties. GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL www.grf-football.co.uk 22