"As you know we recently were successful in obtaining funding from the Football Foundation for the installation of a new mains connection service.

"In addition I submitted a bid to Impetus Environmental Trust for the floodlights repair. Unfortunately the funding bid was unsuccessful, the reason given being the Impetus Board had received an abundance of community projects for funding and was unable to fund our bid due to overall demand which had to be prioritised.

"I then subsequently submitted a bid to the Suez Community Trust for funding to repair our damaged floodlights.

"I am pleased to inform you that, that bid was successful and we have been awarded £26,468.  The work will be undertaken by Direct Lighting, a specialist floodlight firm based at Ripon. 

"The work will entail replacing the old lights with new and building a new control box at ground level which will contain all the new control gear and ballast.  Obviously at ground level it will be easier to maintain and service.

"It is anticipated that the work will commence on the new mains connection service at the earliest in mid July then followed by the work on the floodlights. The timescales at the moment are estimated due to the current situation in the country.

"We would also like to thank Utility Alliance for their support and sponsorship throughout the season. They have now also donated £2,000 towards the floodlight renovation, covering the third party contribution as required by the grant.

"For information I have also submitted a bid to the Community Emergency Fund for Sports England to help with payment for pitch maintenance, utility bills, and insurance etc.

Onward and Upwards

- John Tough