FOCUS ON FOOTBALL STADIA IMPROVEMENT FUND 13 Cumbria-based Barrow AFC were able to replace their dilapidated floodlighting system thanks to a £64,793 grant from the FSIF. The Vanarama National League club’s previous lights had been installed in the 1960s, and were no longer fit for purpose. Having spent 51 years of their history in the Football League, Barrow AFC – nicknamed The Bluebirds – are looking to return in the coming years. The Premier League’s investment at the club now stands at over £99,000, following another FSIF grant of £34,722 towards a stadium upgrade project in 2016. The improvement works mean that the club’s Holker Street stadium would meet the necessary safety criteria should they achieve promotion back into the EFL. In the eyes of Managing Director Andrew Casson, the impact of the funding is undoubtable: “For the Premier League to invest in our club only focuses our ambition further. Knowing that the infrastructure at the club is now at such a high standard, we can concentrate our efforts towards success on the pitch. This funding from the Premier League, via the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, has gone a long way to ensuring the long term existence of Barrow AFC and enhancing its potential as a Football League club.” BRIGHT TIMES ARE CALLING FOR BLUEBIRDS “ KNOWING THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE CLUB IS NOW AT SUCH A HIGH STANDARD, WE CAN CONCENTRATE OUR EFFORTS ON THE PITCH.”