FA CHAIRMAN David Bernstien is used to high powered meetings with FIFA and UEFA bosses on a daily basis, so a visit to the more sedate surroundings of Loxwood was a welcome change.
The Magpies took delivery of a new £10,000, 100 seater stand earlier this season - the first stand ever at their Plaistow Road ground - and invited Mr Bernstien along to mark the official opening on Saturday morning.
On his first visit to Sussex since being appointed in January, he said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, it really is. To come down here and to see such a beautiful sight and see a lovely development like this is really fabulous.
“I have the privilege of going round the country to many of these places and see all the enthusiasm and the work done by so many people on a voluntary basis it is absolutely wonderful.
“One of the great beauties of football in this country is the breadth of the game at this level and the way that football is almost the centre of the community in many ways.”
Part of Mr Bernstein’s job includes dealing with the likes of Sepp Blatter (FIFA chief) and Michel Platini (UEFA President), but he particularly enjoys dealing with the domestic game.
“I get great pride from being part of this wide football family.”