BAYSWATER City Soccer Club is hoping to score its long-term goal of hosting blockbuster night series matches in late January after it secured council funding for facility upgrades.
The club won six night series crowns and three-straight National Premier League WA (NPLWA) trophies between 2013 and 2015 but is unable to host night series matches at home due to non-compliant facilities.
Bayswater Council agreed to reallocate $80,000 from the 2016-17 capital budget for the club’s pitch-widening project towards four new floodlight towers and a temporary fence to overlap the main pitch onto the secondary pitch at last month’s committee meeting.
The council also approved carrying $80,000 forward from the 2016-17 budget to the 2017-18 budget.
The current lights at Frank Drago Reserve are training lights peaking at 100lx, which do not comply with the Football Federation of Australia’s (FFA) standard of a minimum 200lx with the capacity to go to 300lx.
The main pitch dimensions stand at 62m wide and 105m in length, which also do not comply with FFA’s minimum requirement of 68m wide and 105m in length.
Bayswater City building committee manager Greg D’Orazio said construction works, which cost $300,000 for the floodlights and fencing, would begin at the end of the NPLWA season in October.
“It is a dream of this club for a long time, to be able to match the facilities and be able to host the big games that rival clubs have had the privilege for a long time,” he said.
“It also gives the club an excellent revenue base before the season starts, allowing the club to now focus on other key projects.”
Mayor Barry McKenna said the City would work with the club to complete pitch levelling works.
“When the club requires a larger pitch, removable fencing will be installed over the secondary pitch to create the larger playing space and required separation from spectators,” he said.
“Although the resolution does not provide a specific commitment as outlined, the current approved works will bring the pitch up to the current required standards.”