Ambitious Leiston’s ground improvements receive the green light
Ryman League Division One North leaders Leiston must complete further ground improvements within 12 months of promotion, should they go up to the Premier Division this season.
The Blues are seven points clear at the top of the table with six games to go, ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Redbridge, and were this week awarded the necessary Grade D by the FA to remain at their current level.
Should they be promoted, additional covered accommodation, more seating and an extra turnstile must be installed, while improvements to the changing facilities must also be carried out.
The club has already installed a new perimeter fence, a new hardbound surface and improved player and official access in line with FA and Ryman League conditions, and plan to carry out the additional improvements whether they win promotion or not.
The Blues have been assisted by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), Alde Fencing, Malcolm Rabbet and Waveney Surfacing, as well as committee members and volunteers at Victory Road.
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“Should we be successful and gain promotion to the Ryman Premier Division we will need further improvements within twelve months including additional covered accommodation, more seating, an extra turnstile as well as improvements to the changing facilities,” said secretary Dave Rees.
“So while we are happy with the current grading we cannot rest on our laurels and are now planning for the next grade whether we achieve promotion or not.
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“We are obviously extremely grateful for assistance in the funding of the projects from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) who are funded by �6 million a year from the Premier League and also indebted to the tremendous efforts of Alde Fencing, Malcolm Rabbet and Waveney Surfacing along with our hard working Committee members and volunteers.
“Without their efforts the project would not have been completed inside the tight time scale. The club (off the field) is definitely evolving to match that of the efforts on the field and we hope new and old supporters will come along Saturday to see the upgraded facilities in place and to support the league leaders in our quest for promotion.”