Tasmania’s Ulverstone Showgrounds will see bright lights flood the ovals, with the new upgrade officially opened.
The new floodlights have recently been given the tick of approval by Federal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, and will ensure that Ulverstone Soccer Club and its respective sides are equipped with better access to more training and playing time.
As a result of the $210,000 boost from the Federal Government, the ground’s previous floodlights have been replaced by LED globes which will glow brighter and more consistently throughout the year.
Ulverstone Soccer Club President Sam Kingshott was delighted to have secured the floodlights and was looking forward to seeing the club reap the benefits of a much-needed infrastructure upgrade.
“In terms of being able to program games on Saturdays and even Friday night youth games as well, this allows a lot more versatility,” he said.
“We’ll be able to schedule senior games into the evening, rather than matches being played at our secondary ground.”
Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley acknowledged the importance of satisfying the growing football participant base in Tasmania with quality infrastructure.
“It’s wonderful to see the new lights come on at the Ulverstone Showgrounds. As with many clubs across the state, access to sufficient playing and training space for our growing player base has been an issue holding Ulverstone back,” he said.
“By being able to train on more pitches each night of the week, even more players in the region from all age groups are able to enjoy the many benefits of our great game.
“I’d like to thank Gavin Pearce and the Federal Government for funding this important project and for his continued support of the World Game.”
Pearce was ecstatic to see the project come to fruition, who was part of the official opening.
“Every time I open an upgrade to one of our region’s sporting facilities, it’s another sign of our government’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing within our local communities,” he said.
“This is not an investment in lights, it’s an investment in the thousands who will come to the Ulverstone Soccer Club and experience the many benefits that participating in a sport brings. Whether it’s physical fitness, mental wellbeing, making social connections, this investment will reap rewards many times over.”