Football NSW and the Sutherland Shire Council have announced lighting upgrades were received by Seymour Shaw Park No. 2 ahead of the 2021 season through the Let’s Light Up Football Fund.
Included in the project was the replacement of four new floodlighting poles, reinforced footings and new LED lamps on the new poles.
The upgrades will now allow for Miranda Magpies Football Club to have a field that meets the Australian Lighting Standards (100 lux) for evening-based competitions and training sessions.
Football NSW’s Let’s Light Up Football Fund was designed to focus on the key objectives of improving the footballing experience for players, referees, coaches, administrators and spectators whilst ensuring an accommodating and safe environment for participation.
Football NSW Manager Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure, Daniel Ristic, acknowledged the significance of seeing another project receive an overdue upgrade.
“It’s fantastic to see the Let’s Light Up Football Fund continuing to deliver such amazing projects to the community,” he said.
“Lighting assists in discouraging high participation use in well-lit areas and spreads training loads evenly, better managing field wear and required maintenance.
“In NSW only 21% of playing fields have 100 lux (or greater) lighting that is considered suitable for community competition football.”
In addition, Field 2 at Seymour Shaw received a full field renovation which will ensure that the club is able to provide an up-to-standard surface for its 1,000 plus players.
The Sutherland Shire Football Association’s (SSFA) local infrastructure strategy prioritises the improvement of potential capacity through increased lighting. Within the Shire, two thirds of football fields do not meet the 50 lux Australian Lighting Standards required for football. Over the next few months, planned developments at Box Road Oval and Kareela Playing Field will match the improvements made to Seymour Shaw.
With the latest Ausplay statistics (April 2021) showing that football is the largest team-based sport in Australia with over 1.8 million participants and therefore demonstrating an increasing demand to play football, upgrades such as the ones for Seymour Shaw are essential in satisfying the growth of the game in Australia.