Great news for football in Merthyr Tydfil today, as Merthyr Town are celebrating receiving funding from the Premier League to help them prepare for the restart of football and safe return of supporters to their stadium, once we get a go-ahead from the Welsh Assembly Government and Football Association of Wales.
The Matchday Support Fund grant will help Merthyr Town put in place measures that will make their ground safer for the 2020/21 season given the challenges caused by COVID-19.
The Matchday Support Fund will allow the Martyrs to carry out work and improvements on the Met Coaches Stadium to ensure that social distancing is maintained throughout your time with us at Merthyr Town Football Club.
The Matchday Support Fund is managed by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which is financed by the Premier League and supports non-league and Women’s Football Pyramid clubs with the cost of improvements to their grounds.
The Matchday Support Fund follows the recent Pitch and Club Preparation Funds, which saw £8.7m in grants awarded by the Premier League, The FA, and Government’s Football Foundation to prepare the country’s playing surfaces and facilities for the return of football.
Jack Hodgkins, Club Secretary at Merthyr Town Football Club, said: “to be successful in receiving this grant from the Premier League and the Football Foundation is another massive boost for the club during these challenging times.
So far this summer, we have been successful with three grants from the Football Foundation, all of which have made improvements to Merthyr Town, with work being done on the playing surface, and PPE and COVID safety measures put in place throughout our clubhouse.
This latest grant will allow us to ensure that all the stands, terracing, facilities, and services that our supporters use most on Matchdays are improved to ensure social distancing can be maintained throughout their time with us, and optimal safety is our overall priority.
These grants are fantastic for non-league clubs, as it allows clubs like ourselves the opportunity to make those much-needed improvements to our facilities, and give us reassurance that we are doing all we can to get fans back to watching the Martyrs when it is safe to do so.”