Visitors to Pershall Park this season will have seen a number of improvements since last season concluded.
Aside from the usual pre-season maintenance tasks of painting changing rooms, club room and all round sprucing up which has taken place, major development work has been undertaken to resurface and extend the existing car parking at the ground, installation of security doors at the clubhouse and the installation of external gents, ladies and disabled toilet facilities.
The club were successful with an application to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which is funded by the Premier League. The £19,627 grant from the FSIF together with a further £7,956 from the Football Association National Sports Centre Trust enabled the work to go ahead. With the work on the car park and security doors completed in time for the start of the season, the toilet cabins were only delivered to Pershall Park on 2. August. With electrical and plumbing work completed, the cabins were finally fully operational for the home game against Ellesmere Rangers last Wednesday. The old, worn out cabin has been removed from site and artificial turf laid in front of the new cabins. A ramp has also been installed in front of the disabled facilities to ease access.
Club secretary, Jim Tunney, said, "Grassroots clubs at our level have to maintain their ground grading standards when their own funding levels can often be restricted and we are no different in that respect. The essential work has further improved visitor facilities at Pershall Park. The club are extremely grateful to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League, together with the FA National Sports Centre Trust for the grant funding towards this work which, quite simply, could not have gone ahead without it. We also appreciate the help and support we received from Staffordshire FA in the early stages of our application. The club now benefits from greatly improved toilet facilities for spectators and the extended and resurfaced car parking now provides easier access for visitors on match days. Club security has also been improved".
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund said: "The FSIF is one of the many ways that the Premier League is offering a helping hand to clubs further down the pyramid. I commend Eccleshall FC for their efforts in securing this Premier League funding towards their stadium upgrade project".