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Peter McCormick OBE named as new Chairman of the FSIF
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The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) has announced that Peter McCormick OBE has been appointed as its new Chairman.

Funded with £6m p.a. from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

Mr McCormick had been acting Chairman of the FSIF since previous Chairman Clive Sherling stepped down from the role in March 2011. Mr McCormick has been a Director since 2008. He is also a Trustee of the Football Foundation.

Peter McCormick said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chairman. FSIF helps clubs in 92 league competitions, involving nearly 1,700 clubs throughout the country. It is a privilege to be part of that essential work.”

David Dent, Chairman of the Stadium Improvement Panel, added: “I am delighted that Peter McCormick has agreed to serve as FSIF Chairman. He brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and has a real passion for the game.”

Notes to editor
For more information please contact Rory Carroll on 0845 345 4555 ext 4280 Or rory.carroll@footballfoundation.org.uk 
Peter McCormick OBE’s biography 
Peter McCormick OBE is one of the leading sports lawyers in the UK and is the Senior Partner of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate. He has been a member of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League since 1996 and was made its Chairman in November 2008. 
Peter has conducted legal matters on behalf of Leagues, Clubs and individuals at all the major sporting Tribunals including UEFA, FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. He is a Chairman of Sport Resolutions (UK), a national organisation offering arbitration and mediation services on sporting issues. 
Peter has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector. He is Chairman and Patron of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards (supporting the charity, The Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation, of which he is Chairman of the Trustees); a Trustee of the National Media Museum, War Memorials Trust and Helen Feather Memorial Trust; a Vice President of the Outward Bound Trust; Honorary Solicitor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; a member of the Fundraising Support Group of the Royal Horticultural Society; and solicitor to the Harrogate International Festival. 
Peter was awarded the OBE in 2000 for his services to charity. In the same year he became the Inaugural Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year and also General/Niche Practice Lawyer of the Year at the Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business at the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards.