MALDON and Tiptree Football Club have been awarded a grant by the Premier League and the Football Foundation.

The Jammers have thanked both the Premier League and the Football Foundation for awarding the club with the vital and much-needed funds.

The grant has been awarded to the help the club adapt to the new Covid-safe rules.

The Jammers have been given £7,000 from the Matchday Support Fund.

The grants were managed by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which is financed by the Premier League and provides support for non-league and women’s clubs with the cost of improvements to their grounds.

Maldon general manager Ron Dangerfield said: "It will be used to ensure we meet our Covid-19 responsibilities on match days, with cleaning products, PPE, signage and barriers.

"The financial burden to all clubs is great in ensuring that our stadium's are a safe and secure environment for all, both on and off the pitch so any financial help is gratefully received - especially during these testing times.

"We would like to thank both the Premier League & the Football Foundation for awarding the club with these vital and much-needed funds."

Football clubs across six leagues in England and Wales have received funding from the Premier League.

A total of 1,090 clubs from the National League system, Women's Football Pyramid and Welsh Premier League have benefited from grants through the Matchday Support Fund, which has distributed more than £5.5 million.

This new investment follows the recent provision of the Pitch and Club Preparation Funds, which saw £8.7m in grants from the Premier League, the FA and Government’s Football Foundation awarded to prepare the country’s playing surfaces and facilities for the return of football.

Matchday Support Fund impact at a glance: 1,090 grants worth £5,545,500; 913 grants awarded to National League System clubs; 165 grants awarded to clubs in the Women’s Football Pyramid; 12 grants awarded to Welsh Premier League clubs.

The Matchday Support Fund was open to eligible National League System Clubs in Steps 1-6, the Welsh Premier League and women’s clubs in Tiers 1-5.

Under current Government guidelines, fans can attend matches in limited numbers at Steps 3 and below of the National League System and at Tiers 3 and below of the Women’s Football Pyramid.

Reece Simpson has left Maldon and Tiptree.

The midfielder leaves the club having appeared three times during the current season, after joining the club in August 2020.

Simpson joined the club having previously played for Telford, Great Wakering Rovers and Bishop Stortford.