Gloucester Soccer Club has completed another major project with the installation of lights around one of its pitches.
According to club chairman John Hughes, this is just another step forward in the club’s ten-year plan.
“First we built the canteen and the club room, and now we’ve done the lights,” John explained.
Having a long term plan for the future growth of the club is important to John and given the increase in club membership over the past few years, it seems to be working.
We had 180 players registered for the winter competition aged 5 to 18. COVID closed the competition in August – just three or four weeks before the final.
“We had 180 players registered for the winter competition aged between 5 and 18,” he said.
Unfortunately, like many other sports clubs, COVID has had an impact.
“COVID closed the competition in August – just three or four weeks away from the final.”
The COVID shutdown meant there was no presentation so the club decided to hold a launch day for the new lights combined with a club presentation and sponsors day on Saturday 4th December after the launch. relaxation of restrictions.
About 130 people attended the event, including Upper Hunter member Dave Layzell. Mr. Layzell participated in the official unveiling of the plaque on the switchboard box on the side of the Gloucester Recreation Center building. Having not seen the plaque before the revelation, Mr Layzell was surprised. It was the first time since his election to this position that he saw his name on a plaque.
The launch of the lights marked the end of a nearly 40-year journey for the club. Before the lights, the club had to use the Bert Gallagher or Number One Oval for summer 6s or winter training. Now these can be staged at the club’s international sized ground – it is the closest to the caravan park in Gloucester District Park.
The new lights were funded by a $164,000 infrastructure grant through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants fund. Originally the club was aiming for 12 lights on all four poles, however after they started further work was required on the footings so the poles were shortened and one less light fitted in order to meet the budget.
Thinking ahead for future development, the club has set up two poles for moving lights which, once installed, can be rotated to illuminate the next field. Plus, the lights are wired to be turned on individually, meaning the club can save money on lighting costs and only light the areas needed.
The next project on the club’s 10-year plan list concerns the changing rooms.