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PREMIER LEAGUE: United to access Fans Fund

23 December 2015

Premier League Fans Fund to be accessed for flood repair assistance

Recent contact with officials at the Football League has confirmed that Carlisle United Football Club can access the Premier League Fans Fund for assistance with costs incurred due to the recent flooding event in the wake of Storm Desmond.

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

Initial talks earlier this week between Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League, and United’s director of external affairs John Nixon highlighted the possibility that the fund could be accessed.

“Shaun Harvey was the first person to phone me as soon as it became apparent, on our way back from Welling, that Brunton Park had been badly affected by the flood water,” Mr Nixon explained. “He passed on the thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the Football League, and he also assured us that the Football League would do everything it could to help, as an organisation, at what was clearly going to be a difficult time for the club.

“He has subsequently spoken to Richard Scudamore [Premier League executive chairman] and Bill Bush [Premier League director of policy] and they have confirmed that we are eligible to make an application to the fund. 

“We have since had talks with CUOSC and they are going to lead on contacting the fund stakeholders and on driving the project forward, in terms of where and how the money gets spent. It’s still early days but we have already indicated that we could look at disabled facilities, family areas and some of the community assets which were destroyed by the floods.

“I’d like to go on record, on behalf of the club, to say thank you to the Premier League and the Football League for the advice they have given on this issue.”

Click HERE for more information on the Premier League Fans Fund.

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