Foot­ballers fight low light

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Un­der the cover of dark­ness, while most Auck­lan­ders are still fast asleep, the kids of Top Flight Foot­ball Academy gather to train.

De­spite the brisk start time of 6.30am, they’ve only can­celled one of their train­ing ses­sions at Bill McKin­ley Park in the last five years.

And un­like a ma­jor­ity of New Zealan­ders still rel­ish­ing the last rem­nants of day­light sav­ing, Top Flight are look­ing for­ward to turn­ing the clocks back at the end of March be­cause they’ll fi­nally be able to train with some nat­u­ral light.

Day­light sav­ing ends on April 2. In 2007 the gov­ern­ment ex­tended the pe­riod of day­light sav­ing by three weeks.

How­ever, the lack of a morn­ing glow is the last thing both­er­ing the 50 kids, aged seven to 11, that turn up on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days, and Thurs­days.

All they’ve got at present is a few pop-up halo­gens, par­ent Hamish Skeggs said.

‘‘They’ll train no mat­ter what,’’ Skeggs said.

‘‘Ev­ery time there’s rain, frost, tor­ren­tial rain, wind, they train.’’

If any­thing, the kids wel­come the early start and day­light sav­ing won’t change what time the alarm goes off.

‘‘I’ve had my kids get­ting out of bed at 5.40am for three years. Day­light sav­ing will make more dif­fer­ence to the adults lug­ging the lights out.’’

DAVID WHITE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Kids at Top Flight Foot­ball Academy train in the eary hours of the morn­ing de­spite the lack of light.

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