Altrincham have been given a £20,000 boost to help cope with the effects of Covid-19 and ensure a safe return to The J.Davidson Stadium for supporters when the new season kicks off.
For all the exciting plans taking shape to enhance the match day experience for fans, maintaining spectator safety remains of paramount importance to Alty bosses, as they endeavour to implement Covid-related measures to guard against infection.
With an eagerly-anticipated Vanarama National League campaign just a month away, their efforts have received a timely fillip in the shape of a £20,000 grant from the Premier League.
Alty were quick to state their case when applications were invited by the Matchday Support Fund, and, as a result, they have become one of the first recipients of a grant that will ease the financial burden of meeting all the requirements for maintaining a safe environment at the stadium.
The MSF is managed by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, which supports non-League clubs with the cost of improvements to their grounds and is financed by the Premier League.
Clubs are made aware of how the money should be spent, and the list of eligible areas includes toilet facilities, implementing cashless payment procedures, track and trace systems, safety measures for away travel and sanitation stations around the stadium.
The latest grant comes in the wake of £8.7million coming out of the Pitch and Club Preparation Funds and being distributed among clubs by the Premier League, the FA and the Government's Football Foundation to help prepare playing surfaces and general facilities in readiness for the return of football after the coronavirus shutdown.