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Nuneaton Pingles Stadium LIGHTS up its NEW track

Published on Tuesday, 15th September 2020

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The Pingles Stadium turned on its new floodlights on Tuesday 8 September, following a four way partnership to enable the facilities to meet the forthcoming winter season of fixtures.

Following the ongoing partnership between Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Nuneaton Harriers Community Association and Nuneaton Griff Football Club, an external funding application was submitted to the Football Stadium Improvement Fund, supported by the Birmingham County Football Association to support with upgrading the existing floodlights. Following this positive partnership, the application was approved and upon completion last week, the floodlights were switched on.

The new floodlights have been part-funded by a £17,238 grant from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIF). The FSIF itself is funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League. It 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.

The floodlights will allow the Nuneaton Griff to meet the required football league lighting lux levels to play their football fixtures in the centre football pitch, as well as support winter floodlights athletics meetings and Harriers Club training for its growing membership.

The track was recently resurfaced and this again adds to the overall quality provision at the site, with very positive feedback being received about the venue, its management and operation by the Harriers from those using the track.

The athletics track has been opened since late July and has been a model of good practice recognised by UK Athletics and England Athletics, supporting competition delivery at the venue all with COVID-19 measures in place.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“We are proud of the facility we have in this Borough and the hard work and effort that goes in maintaining the facility from all partners concerned. This project has been very much a true partnership and shows what can be achieved when working together. I do not underestimate the work that has been undertaken to get it to this stage from all partners. This sporting facility provides for a range of activities, from athletics, football, indoor activities and also a meeting and social gathering venue for many groups. I wish the Clubs good luck in their winter sports and with the launch of the football season last weekend, it is great to see sports back at our sites.”

Nick Wilson, Nuneaton Harriers Athletics Club, Pingles Stadium Manager said:

“The Nuneaton Harriers Association are happy to work in the continued partnership with NBBC and Nuneaton Griff FC to ensure the Pingles Stadium goes from strength the strength. The stadium is one of the only COVID-19 secure facilities in the country, and we are pleased that The Football Stadium Improvement Fund has helped us install the new floodlights, which will also attract more people from outside the Borough to use the sporting facility for a range of physical activities during the winter season.”

Steve Ryder, Vice Chairman at Nuneaton Griff Football Club said:

“Nuneaton Griff FC are proud to be in partnership with NBBC, Football Stadium Improvement Fund, BCFA and the Harriers. We work together to provide opportunities for juniors and adults to get involved with sports and to create a facility that the community can be proud of. The new floodlights are the latest improvement and just ready for the new season".