Girls football increase prompts floodlights upgrade at Clarkson oval

Quinns District Junior Football Club’s Year 6 to 8 Typhoon team.
Quinns District Junior Football Club’s Year 6 to 8 Typhoon team.

AN INCREASE in girls playing football has promoted a club to seek floodlight upgrades at a Clarkson park.

Quinns District Junior Football Club approached the City of Wanneroo to upgrade lights at Anthony Waring Reserve, prompted by the growth in female participation.

President Joe Murray said the club introduced an all-female team in 2017 for the district competition and ongoing growth has since seen it enter a second team.

“In 2018 we had two teams competing in these competitions and we’re hoping to grow this number in 2019 and beyond,” he said.

Mr Murray said the club wanted to improve the lighting to a match standard so it could host home games and games for other clubs that did not have suitable facilities.

Quinns District Junior Football Club’s Year 3 to 5 Typhoon team.

“Having the additional lighting in place will allow our teams to have an oval that they can call ‘home’ rather than moving from place to place each week seeking a suitable venue,” he said.

Mr Murray said the club had about 800 players aged five to 17 across 20 Auskick and 25 junior and youth teams.

Wanneroo Council approved upgrading the floodlights from large ball sports training standard of 50 lux to large ball sports match standard of 100 lux at its September 18 meeting.

The report said the upgrade would cost $45,000, which the club would fund, and works would take place between January and March 2019.