Great news today for Burnley FC Women, who are celebrating receiving funding from the Premier League to help them continue with COVID safe operations in football and work towards the safe return of supporters to their stadium.
The Matchday Support Fund grant will help Burnley FC Women put in place measures that will make their ground safer for the 2020/21 season given the challenges caused by COVID-19.
Burnley FC Women will be using the grant to support the increased costs of away fixture transportation. The new Swan’s Travel partnership for the 2020/21 season will provide all transport to away fixtures. The grant funding has made a huge impact on the safe return of the team, who have travelled to away games in line with all COVID-19 procedures implemented by the club.
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.
Neil Hart, Chair of Burnley FC Women and Chief Executive Officer of Burnley Football Club said: “The Matchday Support Fund grant will provide Burnley FC Women with the opportunity to travel with Swan’s Travel for our away fixtures this season, ensuring we adhere to the relevant restrictions and guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
The safe return of our players, and as we work towards the safe return of fans to our ground, has been our key priority. The funding secured from the Premier League through the Matchday Support Fund is fantastic and will help us to implement these plans safely and effectively.”