The Premier League is to financially assist more than 1,000 football clubs looking to reopen their stadiums following the COVID-19 pandemic through the launch of a new Matchday Support Fund.

Clubs from the National League System, Welsh Premier League and Women’s Pyramid can apply for assistance, which includes grants to install contactless payments and new ticketing systems.

In a statement, the Premier League said the new Matchday Support Fund will help clubs to put measures in place that will make grounds safer for the 2020/21 season, given the additional risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement follows the recent publication of Government and FA guidelines for the return of football and spectators at this level.

In total, 65 leagues and more than 1,100 clubs will be able to benefit from the financial support, with the application window open until September 16.

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