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Spurs legend Ardiles to unveil major stadium upgrade in Hertfordshire
             
What: 
Ossie Ardiles will officially unveil Welwyn Garden City FC’s stadium upgrade. 
Where: Herns Way, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1TA.          

When: Sunday 12 November at 12.30pm

Tottenham Hotspur FC Ambassador Ossie Ardiles will officially open Welwyn Garden City FC’s upgraded stadium on Sunday 12 November at 12.30pm. The stadium upgrade was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

Before the stadium upgrade project, Welwyn Garden City FC’s ground did not meet the FA National Ground Grading Criteria (FANGGC) requirements for their Step 5 position. The grant has enabled the club to build two brand new spectator stands and modify its clubhouse to better serve its players and spectators. They have also received turnstiles, donated from Tottenham Hotspur FC’s White Hart Lane stadium prior to its demolition.

Now, thanks to the new stands, the ground offers more than the required covered spectator capacity – which includes space for wheelchair users. Additionally, their clubhouse has been remodelled to extend the club’s changing provision, as well as relocating the kitchen to allow food and drink to be served directly to fans – something not previously possible.

Welwyn Garden City FC’s ground now surpasses the FANGGC Grade F requirements for their position in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, and meets Grade E requirements should they be promoted. The club hopes that their stadium upgrade will support them in attracting new fans and retaining existing ones. 

The project was made possible thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

Funded with £6.5m 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.

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