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Non-League Day

Scarborough's rise aided by Premier League

10 Oct 2019
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After reforming in 2007 and climbing through the lower leagues, Scarborough Athletic have facilities to keep on thriving thanks to Premier League funding

The Premier League is celebrating Non-League Day on Saturday 12 October, with fans encouraged to attend a non-league match in their area.

 Scarborough Athletic FC

They are only 12 years old but Scarborough Athletic FC are looking up towards Football League status thanks, in part, to investment from the Premier League. 

The club were formed in June 2007 by a supporters' trust after the winding-up of Scarborough Football Club.

The new club started in the 10th tier of the football pyramid, the Northern Counties East League Division One. 

After 10 seasons of groundsharing at Bridlington Town, Scarborough Athletic were able to move into a new stadium in their home town in July 2017. 

Now with Premier League funding they boast a new 1,138-capacity covered stand that has increased overall capacity to 2,833 and provides their fans with shelter and much-improved facilities.

The project was made possible thanks to a £150,000 grant from the Premier League, delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the sister organisation of the Football Foundation

"This is a great example of how the Premier League finances have underpinned what we are trying to do," Trevor Bull, chairman of Scarborough Athletic FC, says.

"They've helped us get back to the town and contributed toward the stadium. 

"It is not just about giving money, but the advice that comes alongside it because we wouldn't have known where to start"

Trevor Bull, Chairman of Scarborough Athletic FC

"The work that the Football Stadia Improvement Fund do is not just about giving money, but all the advice that comes alongside it because we wouldn't have known where to start. So that was great." 

As part of the project, the club has also significantly improved disabled spectator provision with the creation of an additional eight covered wheelchair spaces in the existing seated stand at the upper concourse level, with direct level access to refreshments, toilet provision, and accessible parking facilities. 

Scarborough Athletic have risen to the Northern Premier League Premier Division, three levels below League Two and now have the facilities to cope with the increased crowds that success is bringing. 

Show your support on Non-League Day

Scarborough are at home to Stafford on Saturday. You can show support for the hundreds of semi-professional and amateur clubs around England by going to a non-league match on 12 October.

To find your nearest non-league match, visit nonleagueday.co.uk/map.

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