Club asks for help to fix lights
TEAMS TRAIN IN THE DARK
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.
South Perth United FC president Gary Wolstencroft says the council has declined to help.