Millwall Community Trust to run new Fisher ground after winning contract

News Desk (20 October, 2016) Culture

The clubs welcome the tender after a ‘frustrating  summer’ and tweleve years groundsharing in Dulwich

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The Millwall Community Trust (MCT) has been awarded the contract to manage Fisher FC’s St Paul’s ground after a lengthy tender process.

The announcement was welcomed by Fisher, who have been in close talks with MCT over their bid to protect Fisher’s future.

Their return to Bermondsey follows a “frustrating summer” awaiting Southwark Council’s decision on the tender, and a twelve year stint sharing Dulwich Hamlet FC’s Champion Hill ground.

Dan Feeney, Interim Co-Chairman of Fisher FC, said: “Having shown such support in bringing Fisher back home to the local area we are delighted that the Council have further expressed their commitment to football as a force for community enrichment.

“We look forward to developing the natural synergies with Millwall Community Trust to ensure that Fisher FC and St Paul’s Stadium become the true community assets which we have always worked towards.”

The recently completed ground in Salter Road was built by the council and underwent a £1m investment programme since planning permission was agreed in 2014.

The project was funded through the council’s Section 106 planning agreements with Fairview Homes, as well Southwark Council’s Legacy Fund.

Councillor Maisie Anderson, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure, said: “We have been pushing to bring local football club Fisher FC back to Bermondsey from the very beginning, and have worked extremely hard to deliver it.

“While the last stage of awarding a management contract that provides good value for the community has not been as quick as we hoped, it is fantastic to reach this point today.

“The new ground will be a place not only for the team, but the whole community.”

Fisher’s match against Deal Town on Saturday will be a community day, where fans can bring a friend for £3. Collections will also be made for Southwark Foodbank.

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