State of the Art for Staithes

North Riding FA's Vice Chairman has unveiled new state-of-the-art changing facilities for Staithes.

Paul Conway, Vice Chairman of the North Riding FA, had the honour of unveiling Staithes AFC’s upgraded changing pavilion, made possible by a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The funding has enabled Staithes AFC, in partnership with Staithes Athletic and Social Club, to refurbish and improve its existing changing provision. Previously, the club had to share washing facilities with teams that came to the ground for fixtures, and there were no changing rooms for officials. 

Thanks to the reconfiguration project, the pavilion now comprises: separate home and away changing facilities; two officials’ changing rooms; a versatile open area and two store rooms. The club, which plays in the North Riding Football League, is very pleased with its state-of-the-art new facility. 

Thanks to a grant of £25,725 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Staithes’ changing pavilion now meets the guidelines set out by the FSIF, and the Step 7 requirements of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria. 

The project, which cost £37,725 in total, also received £6,000 raised by members of the Staithes Sport Association and £3,000 from the Normanby Charitable Trust. Other funding was provided by the Staithes Athletic and Social Club, NW Trading Limited and the Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival. 

Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – 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. 

Richard Ward, Manager of Staithes Athletic, said: “Staithes Athletic is very grateful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their funding of this development. Staithes is the only club in the local area operating a team competing at this level and it is important to the area that this continues. 

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