Peterborough Sports looking very good on and off the field

Peterborough Sports FC chairman Grant Biddle insists his club made great strides on and off the pitch even though the 2020-21 season ended in frustration.

By Alan Swann
Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:00 am
Peterborough Sports chairman Grant Biddle outside the new clubhouse at the Bee Arena. Photo: David Lowndes.
Peterborough Sports chairman Grant Biddle outside the new clubhouse at the Bee Arena. Photo: David Lowndes.

The Southern League season was halted in November because of Covid and was finally declared null and void with no promotions or relegations at the end of last month. Sports were mid-table in the Premier Division Central, but having played just six league matches.

But Sports managed to raise their profile nationally by making a club-record run to the fifth round of the FA Trophy and off the field work on a sparkling new club house should be complete soon, possibly by late May.

The dressing rooms will also be upgraded.

Grant Biddle inside the new Peterborough Sports FC clubhouse. Photo: David Lowndes.

Biddle, who let the Peterborough Telegraph have an early viewing of the new club house this week, said: “Off the field there is so much happening and if you saw a picture of our ground 12 months ago the change is dramatic. And by the time we return in the summer much more work will have been done.

“The clubhouse is no doubt a major factor in us moving forward as a club. Football Foundation funding has been received and used to complete the shell, but the fit out has to be funded ourselves.

“On the field I feel we took steps forward. Despite a truncated season we enjoyed success in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy and despite prize money being cut we still enjoyed a decent income.

“That was offset in the latter stages when playing behind closed doors was costing us money, but the profile gained during that Trophy run undoubtedly helped the club.

“We continue to be a free scoring side who cause opposition defences major headaches.

“Financially it has been an interesting time and all budgets and plans were turned upside down. Larger crowds early in the season with a number of Posh fans wanting a live football fix, as well as some bar income put us in a healthy position.

“The games behind closed doors after November were no doubt a drain on funds. However the support from various FA bodies has seen us through and I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in the latest round of funding with a grant for running expenses and essential ground work. This will help us with some roof repairs on the toilet block and a new fence along the back of the Colin Day stand and dugouts. We will also be doing some upgrading of the changing rooms.”

Sports have rolled over 2020-21 season tickets into the 2021-22 season.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the clubhouse fund can e-mail [email protected]

The club are seeking matchday volunteers. Contact @PSLFC on Twitter.