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Footballers celebrate new lights at home ground

People holding up a soccer ball in front of a new light tower.

New floodlights have been officially unveiled at the Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park.

Monday 29 July 2019

Members of the local soccer community joined Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, Sports and Recreation Victoria and Mount Alexander Shire Council at Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park on Friday night to officially celebrate the new floodlights at the reserve.

The six 22 metre towers, fitted with 50 lux LED lights, shone a bright light across the ground at the reserve which is home to Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club.

The new floodlights are an asset for the rapidly growing club which has nearly 400 members, including a growing number of women and girls.

The lighting upgrade will support the shire’s largest single sporting club by providing safe and functional facilities for juniors and adults to train after dark.

The extra light will also help manage wear and tear on the ground by doubling the playing surface after the sun goes down.

The event coincided with the club’s Small-Sided Session for juniors putting the spotlight on the emerging talent and number of kids who’ve signed up to the sport.

According to Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club President Aaron Shooter the lighting upgrade will help grow the club’s competition and social programs.

“We are really excited about the lighting upgrade which has been an important part of our strategic plan and our fundraising efforts,” said Aaron.

“The new lights will enable us to increase participation in football (soccer) by providing new junior training sessions, women’s team sessions, social programs and expanding the Small-Sided program.”

“We are looking forward to expanding our Small-Sided program for children aged between five and eight on Fridays from around 100 places to 150 places next year. Expansion of our programs will also help support a pathway for local players to stay here in the shire,” he said.

The project was funded by Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund and by Mount Alexander Shire Council, with Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club also contributing monies to the project.

“We would like to thank the hard working volunteers at Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club who worked closely with Council to plan and implement this project,” said Cr Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“This is another great example of government community partnership to provide quality, fit-for-purpose facilities to increase participation in sport, and improve the health and wellbeing of our community,” she said.

Council has taken precautions to minimise the impact of the lights on the surrounding area. The lighting meets Australian standards and the lights will operate under limited hours.

The installation works were completed by De Araugo and Lea Electrical Contractors in June.

Image: Mayor Bronwen Machin, Council CEO Darren Fuzzard, Grace, Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club President Aaron Shooter, Harry and Maree Edwards MP at the launch.

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