CANVEY ISLAND FC DELIGHTED AS THE GULLS GET NEW CLUBHOUSE Isthmian League Division One South side, Canvey Island FC, were awarded a £147,386 grant from the FSIF to build a brand new clubhouse at the club’s Frost Financial stadium in Essex. The resultant new facility can now host a large number of fans on match days, as well as revenue generating events, like weddings and conferences, outside of match days. Improvements were also made to the car park and spectator turnstiles as part of the upgrade. Additionally, the Gulls are using the new facility to strengthen the connection between players, staff and fans by hiring out the clubhouse to a number of local community groups. Local supporter, Brenda Crowe, was amazed by the new clubhouse, saying:“It’s beautiful! Thanks to the Premier League’s money, we’ve got a fantastic new clubhouse, complete with bar and enough space to hold all sorts of events here. It’s not only a boost for the club and community but an enjoyable place for us fans to make use of throughout the season.” The facility was opened by former England Under-21 manager and Canvey Island player, PeterTaylor.The return home to Canvey Island FC marked a special occasion for the former Spurs midfielder, who still lives locally.Taylor played forThe Gulls aged ten and progressed through the junior ranks to represent the first- team.At 18, he was signed for just £100 by Southend United FC, kick-starting an illustrious playing and managerial career. Rod Hall, Director of Developments, Canvey Island FC, said:“Our vision of the football club’s community integration, driven by our Chairman John Batch, has really kick-started now with the completion of our fantastic clubhouse.This new clubhouse is now a shining example of the great work that the FSIF, with money provided by the Premier League, does to benefit non-league clubs.”