Surrey Street is glowing thanks to new floodlights
Thursday 11th October 2018 @ 12:01 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Glossop North End AFC unveiled their state-of-the-art new floodlights in Derbyshire recently (Tuesday 9 October). This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Glossop North End AFC, who play in the Northern Premier League at Step 4, to replace their existing floodlights. The original lighting system, which was installed over 25 years ago, had become increasingly unreliable and was in a poor state of repair. The floodlight stanchions were second hand – from a railway yard – and the installation was primarily carried out by volunteers.

The new floodlights ensure that the club’s home ground, Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium, now meets the requirements of Category D of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their Step 4 position. In addition to this, the new installation comes with a 10-year warranty, providing the club with added security.

Formed in 1886, Glossop North End AFC were formerly members of the Football League and Glossop remains the smallest town to have a team play in the English top flight.. The new lighting system benefits the club’s first team, by providing greater flexibility when it comes to scheduling fixtures and training – especially during the dark winter months.

The project was made possible by a £26,071 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

This follows a previous grant of £19,554 the club received from the Premier League, through the FSIF, towards a stadium upgrade project in 2014. This takes the Premier League’s total investment in the club to £45,625.

Dave Atkinson, Chairman of Glossop North End AFC, said, “This is the biggest project in the club’s history and I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in bringing it to a successful conclusion. Replacing the old floodlights was of huge importance to us and we are extremely grateful for the funding from the FSIF.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is fantastic news that Glossop North End AFC will enjoy a safer and more effective playing environment thanks to the installation of their new state-of-the-art floodlights.

“Through the FSIF, the Premier League invests in improving infrastructure at lower levels of the game. This is helping to improve the experiences of players, coaches and fans across England. Glossop North End AFC’s new lighting system is just one example of what the Premier League’s funding is achieving all over the country.”