FOCUS ON FOOTBALL STADIA IMPROVEMENT FUND 6 FSIF’S FUNDING PARTNERS THE FSIF’S FUNDING PARTNER: THE PREMIER LEAGUE The FSIF was established by the Premier League and The FA in 2000 to assist clubs – especially those in the lower leagues of English football – to improve their stadia and facilities. Since 2010, the FSIF has been funded solely by the Premier League who over the past year have provided £5m investment for stadia infrastructure projects (SIP) and £1.5m for the Premier League Fans Fund, supporting revenue projects that improve the relationship between supporters and their clubs. It also goes towards funding most of the running costs of key supporter organisations, such as Kick it Out, the Football Supporters’ Federation, Supporters Direct and Level Playing Field. “The Premier League’s continued investment in the FSIF is an important part of our clubs’ commitment to supporting the development of all levels of English football. “There are some excellent projects from the last year alone, including the FSIF providing Bewdley Town with funding for an upgraded state-of-the-art pitch, and Little Oakley FC a grant to enhance facilities for their supporters. There are many other examples I could cite, and the common theme of all of them is to improve facilities to benefit fans and local communities. “This approach complements the work of the Premier League Fans Fund that is in place to enable clubs to develop relationships with their supporter groups, and to fund important organisations which champion equality across the game and promote the importance of match attending fans. “This has been my final year as a Trustee of the FSIF and I would like to thank all Premier League clubs for the continued financial support they have provided for this important work, and to everyone at the Football Foundation who administers the grants processes on our behalf, and works so hard with clubs to help them access funds that enable our unique English football pyramid to keep growing and developing.” “ THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN THE FSIF IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CLUBS’ COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL LEVELS OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL.” RICHARD SCUDAMORE Executive Chairman of the Premier League