Accrington Stanley FC

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.40.56Background 

Accrington Stanley Football Club plays in the fourth tier of the football league in the Sky Bet League Two.

The club was promoted back to the Football League in 2006 after winning the Conference title, 44 years after the old club resigned from the fourth division. Under the guidance of John Coleman the club is now in its tenth successive season in league one.


Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.41.03The requirement

As part of its on-going extensive redevelopment programme, Accrington Stanley FC enlisted our support for the creation of a brand new European-style fan zone.

The club has recently unveiled a raft of measures aimed at transforming almost every element of its grounds, which includes the creation of a new 1,500 capacity all-seater stand. The work will also see a new pitch being laid and new fencing and walls being installed to create space for additional perimeter advertising boards.


Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.41.14Challenges

One of the main challenges we faced was getting the canopies manufactured and installed in time for the start of the football season, which was just four weeks away.

“We effectively had to deliver a project that would typically take around eight weeks, in half the time and still maintain the highest possible standards,” explains Ryan Powell, Commercial Area Sales Manager at Canopies UK.

“However, due to the fact that we were local and are always keen to help the local community whenever we can, we relished the challenge and managed to install the canopies with a week to spare.”


Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.42.46The solution 

We specified two of our ground-mounted Connekt umbrella-style canopies for several reasons including the fact they would be large enough to cover the area within the fan zone. Each spanning five meters, the canopies were of the right dimensions to shelter 25m2 floor space.

Using our bespoke colour matching service, we customised the Connekt canopies with the club’s colours. Alternating colours of red and white were used on the roof support beams to create a unique and tailored canopy installation in keeping with the club’s traditional strip.


Added value

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 10.48.40We had to pull out all of the stops, from start to finish, to ensure we met the tight deadline. This involved:

  • Providing the club with an official quote on the same day as we first visited the site, and an official order just two days later
  • Giving our operations manager prior warning so that he was able to conduct the site survey one day after the official order had been submitted
  • Reallocating other jobs to get the project planned into our production schedule
  • Installing the canopies, which took two weeks to manufacture, in just a day



Accrington Stanley FC now has a fan zone that provides its supporters with a sheltered outdoor base all-year-round.

Ryan added: “Fans now have an outdoor area where they can gather and socialise with each other, as well as enjoy something to eat and drink before and after matches.

“The canopies are not only the ideal solution, but create an eye-catching focal point that really add character and flair to the overall look and feel of the fan zone.”


Please click here to arrange a survey and see how we can transform your outdoor area.

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