Rotherham United Women FC are celebrating after receiving funding from the Premier League to help them prepare for the restart of football and safe return of supporters to their stadium.
The Matchday Support Fund grant will help RUWFC put in place measures that will make their ground safer for the 2020/21 season given the challenges caused by COVID-19.
The grant will be used for the safe return to football including:
- cleaning and sanitisation
- hire of temporary facilities, such as toilets
- PPE equipment for staff or volunteers
- safety screening
- signage and floor markings
- social distancing measures
- track and trace
- travel to and from away games
- any other requirement arising from current or updated Government, FA or FAW guidance that is published
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.
Jamie Noble, Club Chairperson at RUWFC, said: “It is fantastic that the Football Foundation and Premier League have opened up the Matchday Support Fund grant which will make a tremendous difference to the club given the recent events with Covid Pandemic.
“The money will be used to support the first team on their return to competitive action and will be operated in partnership with Parkgate FC.”
The team’s first big home fixture was on September 6 in a penalty shootout win over Oughtibridge in the Women’s FA Cup. The first home league game is scheduled for September 27 against Mansfield at Roundwood.
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