Club asks for help to fix lights

TEAMS TRAIN IN THE DARK

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THE South Perth United Foot­ball Club needs help to fix the flood­lights at its home ground in Man­ning. Pres­i­dent Gary Wol­s­ten­croft said the lights were in­stalled in 1981, the year that the club was founded.

“About three years ago three of the poles were rot­ted around the bot­tom and so we asked the coun­cil for some help but they weren’t able to.

“We held a quiz and man­aged to do some fundrais­ing to raise about $30,000 but we get all of our fund­ing from reg­is­tra­tions, we don’t have a big bank bal­ance.

“We used up a lot of money in our bank ac­count to re­place the poles but we couldn’t af­ford to re­place the lights or the wires.”

Wol­s­ten­croft said the club only had one light work­ing now, which was a prob­lem as they had men’s, women’s and ju­nior teams train­ing at night.

“With the height of the poles, we’d need a mo­bile el­e­vated plat­form, which would cost a lot of money,” she said.

“We’ve been back to the coun­cil to push it fur­ther but we’ve re­ceived noth­ing back.

“It’s not a good look for the club as we try to re­cruit play­ers.”

Wol­s­ten­croft said the club wel­comed spon­sor­ship to help fix the lights.

“Our ideal sit­u­a­tion is to get Aus­tralian stan­dard lights for both pitches so we can play night games. That would cost about $150,000 but we would need to chip in along with the coun­cil.”

If you are in­ter­ested in help­ing out the club, email garyspu@ gmail.com.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the coun­cil had not been for­mally approached to fix the lights.

“As with all lo­cal sports clubs, the City is able to as­sist clubs with cap­i­tal devel­op­ment via the Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Fa­cil­i­ties Fund (CSRFF), sub­ject to ap­proval from coun­cil,” she said.

“His­tor­i­cally, the in­stal­la­tion and on­go­ing main­te­nance of sports flood­lights through­out the City have been the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the clubs as they are pri­mar­ily used by clubs for club sport spe­cific pur­poses.

The City is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a Flood­light Strat­egy for the City of South Perth and part of this project will review the cur­rent op­er­a­tions and pri­or­i­ties for sports flood­lights in the City, in­clud­ing those at Chal­lenger Re­serve.”

Ms Do­herty said the City spent about $60,000 in an­nual op­er­at­ing main­te­nance on Chal­lenger Re­serve in Man­ning.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

South Perth United FC pres­i­dent Gary Wol­s­ten­croft says the coun­cil has de­clined to help.

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