The Somerset Guardian, 9th January 2019

On 5th January, I officially opened Keynsham Town Football Club’s ground upgrade works at the AJN Stadium.  Keynsham Town First Team currently plays in Western League Division One and the First Team includes many local players.

The new facilities were bolstered by a £96,754 Premier League grant that was delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) and were the first improvements for fifty years. 

The works started in 2011 when Keynsham FC was awarded a £100,000 grant from the FSIF for fencing, floodlights, a car park and for the pitch to be re-laid.  Previously, the club had benefited from a £14,750 donation in 2000 to implement safety upgrades and enhance disabled access. It also receives sponsorship from Dribuild, Smart Computers, KITco, I. J. McGill Transport and The Old Bank.

My three eldest sons joined me at the event, they enjoyed kicking footballs around and everyone there was enormously kind to them.  It is important to remember that nearly all the people involved with the club are volunteers.  These are the ones who have given a great deal of their time to fundraise for the club, oversee its upkeep, train the players and offer general support.  This is an excellent example of community spirit and without such generosity and enthusiasm it is unlikely that the club would be so prosperous.

I was lucky to watch Keynsham beat Chippenham 3-2 after the latter team’s goal was disallowed in the eighty-fifth minute.  It was a fitting ending to an excellent day and I wish the club continued success for the rest of the season.

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