Rovers awarded £150,000 for ground redevelopment

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have been awarded £150,000 of funding from the RFL Facilities Trust.

Rovers applied to the Trust for support for a new stand project which includes a 20 metre extension to the overall pitch.

The new stand was purchased from Scarborough Council and there are plans for the covered all-seater stand to house additional facilities.

The redevelopment is taking place at the Railway Terrace of the Big Fellas Stadium.

Featherstone Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured) said: “It is fantastic news that our application for support has been approved by the board of the RFL Facilities Trust to enable us to press ahead with redevelopment of the Big Fellas Stadium.

“Quite rightly the application process has been very thorough and we have received excellent support and guidance from officials.

“As widely publicised, this is a unique and innovative project which the RFL Facilities Trust clearly recognises and the support we are receiving is a major factor is our plans becoming reality.

“The redevelopment of the Big Fellas Stadium will vastly improve the experience for supporters of Featherstone Rovers and those of visiting clubs.

“It also allows us to increase revenue streams on a match day and diversify non-rugby League related revenue streams such as creating accommodation for local businesses.

“I’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Paul Coventry whom I have worked very close with in securing the funding.

“Featherstone Rovers would also like to thank the RFL Facilities Trust for the support we have received from and look forward to moving the project forward over the coming months.”

David Gent, chairman of the RFL Facilities Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be assisting one of the sport’s great clubs through this innovative project.

“This funding will help Featherstone build on their previous successes and the improvement to their facilities will hopefully attract even more spectators.”