New shel­ter at football

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

MINI tor­na­dos have lifted the Bal­lan­dean Football Club dugouts off the ground and hurled them across the fields and, while they’ve sur­vived more than a decade of weather and sport, the shel­ters are now set for an up­grade.

Bal­lan­dean Football Club pres­i­dent Neil New­man said the old football shel­ters had been built 10–15 years ago and “they’ve seen a bit of wear and tear”.

“We’ve had to re­fur­bish them a lit­tle bit, and bolt them down on con­crete,” Mr New­man said.

He said a grant of $9200 from the South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil would be used to buy two new dugouts for the main field, which he hoped to have in­stalled within the next month.

The dugouts, which are used dur­ing the main football sea­son from March un­til Septem­ber, and then through the sum­mer for the over-35s games, pro­vided pro­tec­tion from the sun and wind.

Mr New­man said the new shel­ters would have seats for view­ing the game, and the old shel­ters would be re­lo­cated to the ju­nior fields.

“We’re try­ing to at­tract some south-west zone teams for a show game, so it will be good to have them ready for that.

“It will also be an at­trac­tive ap­pear­ance as peo­ple drive into the dis­trict from the south­ern end, be­cause they’ll see them from the main high­way.”

Mr New­man said he wanted to thank the coun­cil.

“It’s a real bonus for not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­ceive help to con­tin­u­ally im­prove fa­cil­i­ties, and we feel very priv­i­leged to re­ceive some money.”

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Bal­lan­dean Football Club is set to pur­chase two new dugouts with a $9200 grant from the coun­cil.

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