Manor Fields work begins

MP Iain Stewart at Manor Fields Stadium
MP Iain Stewart at Manor Fields Stadium

Manor Fields Stadium is set for a much-needed refresh following the announcement that it would be given an £80,000 grant.

Buckingham Town are the current occupants of the stadium behind the Irish Centre in Bletchley.

With the ground in desperate need of upgrades, chairman Michael O’Hanlon appealed to the Football Stadia Investment Fund (FSIF), run by the Premier League.

Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game.

These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, visited the stadium to see how developments were progressing.

Mr Stewart said: “It was great to see the work going on. Michael O’Hanlon and the Irish Centre have done a fantastic job to not only secure this money, but to put in place a real long term plan for Manor Fields ground.

“Football is so big in Milton Keynes. Every Saturday and Sunday if you drive past a park or field in MK the likelihood is there will be a match on.

“I know the Premier League is very keen to get young people involved and increase grassroots participation, projects such as this at Manor Fields can only help that.”