INTO THE LIGHT

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

SOC­CER AND GAA play­ers were able to play on fully lit pitches last Fri­day evening at Bal­ly­waltrim Recre­ational Park.

The new pitch flood­lights were turned on for the first time at night­fall, with hun­dreds of peo­ple com­ing along to en­joy a night of sport as well as a gourmet bar­be­cue.

Chair­man of the Bal­ly­waltrim Park man­age­ment Com­mit­tee David Grant said that the past ten years have seen progress in Bal­ly­waltrim in terms of sports fa­cil­i­ties. ‘Ten years ago last month the new chang­ing rooms were handed over to the man­age­ment com­mit­tee, and this time last year the new swim­ming pool and astro turf pitches were opened.’

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Wick­low Foot­ball League and Wick­low GAA County Board were at the event to mark a mile­stone in the com­mu­nity, which or­ga­niz­ers say will al­low lo­cal clubs the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide more ac­tiv­i­ties and cater for greater num­bers.

The CEO of County Wick­low VEC, Fiona Hart­ley, said that young peo­ple need ac­tiv­ity most dur­ing the dark win­ter evenings.

The fund­ing for the lights came from the Young Peo­ples Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Fund, which has also pro­vided for a new pitch at St. Kilian’s, some of Bal­ly­waltrim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and the de­vel­op­ment of other youth cen­tres in the town. An­other set of flood­lights in Fas­saroe will be of­fi­cially turned on in Oc­to­ber.

‘The sports stars of to­mor­row are tonight par­tic­i­pat­ing in and en­joy­ing this mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion,’ said Min­is­ter Dick Roche on Fri­day.

When the lights went down at the end of the night and the bar­beque was emp­tied, there was a great sense of achieve­ment and com­mu­nity spirit in the cold au­tumn air as the play­ers and sup­port­ers packed up and headed home for a good night’s sleep.

Ai­dan Maguire, Jake Car­ton and Stephen Downey.

Alex Matthew and Char­lie Moore at the switch­ing on of the flood­lights.

At the switch­ing on of the flood­lights at Bal­ly­waltrim Play­ing Fields was Aoife Byrne, en­joy­ing a snack.

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