The Chairman has outlined how critical FSIF funding is to clubs at the lower-levels of the National League System, which I would wholeheartedly echo. In the past 12 months alone, over 105 non- league grounds across the country have been upgraded thanks to FSIF grants. None of this would have been possible without this essential support from the Premier League. In the wake of the Hillsborough disaster and the resulting report by Lord JusticeTaylor,The FootballTrust was created in 1990 to help fund the improvements required by theTaylor Report to stadia in the top two divisions of English football – then the First and Second Divisions – now the Premier League and English Football League Championship. By 2000 this work had been completed, so the FSIF was created to ensure that this work continued all the way down the National Football Pyramid.As a result, the quality of football stadia in this country – even at the lowest levels – is as good and often better than you will find anywhere in Europe. We continue to focus on ensuring that the funding provided by the Premier League is distributed to where it will have the greatest impact. Usually this is lower down the Pyramid, where projects generally cost less but generate significant outcomes. The map on page three demonstrates the significant reach of the FSIF and the extent to which clubs up and down the country have benefited from new stands, floodlights, hospitality and pitchworks. Clubs such as Dover Athletic FC (page 8) have been able to build improved disability access for its fans;Altrincham FC now has a much- improved pitch (page 10), which was bedded in with a friendly against a Manchester United XI; and Canvey Island FC (page 14) was able to welcome former player PeterTaylor back to the club to unveil a new state-of-the-art clubhouse. The Premier League Fans Fund seeks to improve the relationship between clubs and their fans, which is arguably the most important relationship in the game.A great example of this can be found on page 17, which provides details of ShrewsburyTown FC’s new Fan Zone. Again, in echo of the appreciation expressed by the Chairman in his Introduction, I would wish to place on record my most sincere thanks to the Premier League for its continued support of the FSIF.This enduring commitment has enabled a countless number of clubs to improve their facilities, making their grounds safer, more comfortable and a much more enjoyable place from which to watch our national game. I hope you enjoy reading about the work of the FSIF in this Annual Review.Thank you for your support. Paul Thorogood Chief Executive CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S FOREWORD 07 | focus chief executive