Lights at Chichester Park give Kingsley and Woodvale clubs flexibility


Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard with Chris Brady, Jesse Higgins, Barry Lewis, Ben Andrews, Stuart Green and Jamie Kane.
Picture: Martin Kennealey           d455908
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard with Chris Brady, Jesse Higgins, Barry Lewis, Ben Andrews, Stuart Green and Jamie Kane. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d455908

NIGHT games are a rare luxury for amateur sports clubs.

That’s why Chichester Park’s recent $700,000 upgrade means a great deal to Kingsley and Woodvale soccer clubs.

New lights installed at the Woodvale park have opened up a range of option for the sides.

Previously both clubs had insufficient lighting to train on the same night.

That is not the case now.

The clubs were previously restricted to half a pitch each, but can now train on full grounds.

Kingsley officials are particularly upbeat about the upgrade because it gives their five teams the flexibility to reschedule games for night fixtures.

The club’s top two teams play in the amateur premier league and reserves on Sunday.

Kingsley spokesman Rob Andrews said the club had encountered issues with rescheduling in the past.

“If we had to change games from a Sunday, we would have to hire a ground in another council which had sufficient lighting for matches, which the club would have to pay hire fees,” he said.

“The new floodlights are on a SMS system so we can turn them on and off in the times of our bookings to save on electricity.”

Kingsley recently celebrated the raising of the lights with night games for its women’s side, thirds side and premier league reserves.

The night game for its firsts side was postponed because of rain.

The lights were funded by the City of Joondalup with an additional $234,000 grant from the Department of Sports and Recreation.