West Midlands Regional League Premier Division side Bewdley Town FC were the recipients of a £34,966 grant from the Premier League, via the FSIF, to improve their natural grass pitch. The funding meant the club could perform vital drainage works at their Ribbesford Meadows home ground. Previously, Bewdley had to postpone several fixtures throughout the season due to persistent waterlogging. Thanks to the pitch works, the club now play on a state-of-the-art surface throughout the season, allowing them to fulfil their fixture list, even in the harsh winter months. “Having a surface that we can play on all year has really helped us progress as a team this season,” explained Manager, Phil Mullen. “The standard of football at all levels is often compromised by the condition of the pitches throughout the winter, so to have a pitch of this quality as our home allows us to play the way that we want to.” Club Secretary, Steve Godfrey, was enthused by the club’s prospects over the coming years, saying: “Without this funding from the Premier League, through the FSIF, we simply wouldn’t be able to have a pitch like this. Ribbesford Meadows now boasts one of the highest quality playing surfaces in the local area and we have been able to play host to several regional cup finals alongside our home matches. “We’re hoping that the team can push on over the next few seasons using this investment as a platform to climb the football ladder. I cannot thank the Premier League enough for the support they have shown us.” FOCUS ON FOOTBALL STADIA IMPROVEMENT FUND 14 PITCHWORKS BEWDLEY TOWN FC BENEFIT FROM NEWLY UPGRADED PLAYING SURFACE BEFORE