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Grimsby Town fans campaign for new disabled facilities

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Mariners’ Trust has launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise £15,000 to modernise the disabled facilities at Grimsby Town’s Blundell Park.

Improvements to Blundell Park have been deferred in recent seasons as the club look at moving to another site, but now they’re set to remain at Blundell Park for the foreseeable future supporters are keen to improve the facilities.

The Mariners’ Trust said: “We are excited that at long last we may well have a new community stadium project that might actually come to fruition, but the reality is that it is still in the very early stages and we are going to be at Blundell Park for another 5 years at least.

“To try and help with the cost the Mariners Trust are launching a crowdfunding campaign to help ensure the improvement to disabled facilities are undertaken as soon as possible.”

The trust is aiming to add new disabled toilets in the main stand and Pontoon, as well as refurbishing the men and women’s toilets with the addition of a baby changing facility.

An industrial stairlift and disabled toilet will also be installed in the club’s McMenemy’s suite and disabled toilets added to the Young’s Lower Bar.

“The work undertaken by the club to attract more disabled people to games has been so successful that the disabled facilities, in particular, are wholly inadequate for the numbers now attending,” the Trust said.

The crowdfunding campaign, hosted by Supporters Direct’s Build a Winning Club platform, will run through the spring and is due to close on the 31st of May.

Thanks to PA Images for the image used in this article.

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