NEW floodlights at Westfield Football Club are set to keep players on the pitch even during the darkest winter days.
A lack of lighting meant adult and youth teams at the Sussex County League Two club had to travel elsewhere to train during evenings in the winter months – costing the club and its players time and money.
Now, thanks to a grant from the EU development programme, approved by the Wealden and Rural Rother (WARR) Partnership, Westfield have purchased eight portable floodlights. It means footballers can keep training into the evening and it will increase the number of young players practicing at the club.
The lights can be moved so the ground area used is rotated and not subject to damage by the training sessions that can now take place on the club’s pitch.
In 2009 Westfield’s clubhouse was destroyed by fire, taking with it the club’s history and the memories which lined its walls; from plaques and trophies, to a pair of football boots from a member of one of the original teams, and a wall of team photos.
The club has worked hard since then to provide the temporary facilities needed to maintain its place in the league, whilst awaiting the completion of long running plans to transfer them to a new ground.
The new floodlights will be able to come with them to their new ground.
Thanks to funding from Defra and the EU under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), over the five years to 2013, the WARR Partnership has had £1.9 million to award to projects which help to improve our rural economy. For more information about the many exciting projects they have funded over this period, visit www.warrpartnership.org.uk.