Chance to shine with floodlights present

Seeing the light: Youngsters from Dronfield Town FC experience the floodlights at Bawtry Road.
Seeing the light: Youngsters from Dronfield Town FC experience the floodlights at Bawtry Road.
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FOOTBALLERS will really get a chance to shine next season – when they play under floodlights donated by Sheffield Hallam University.

Hallam is installing new international-standard floodlights at its Bawtry Road sports complex, part of a £5 million redevelopment project.

The original lights, which are still in excellent working order, will be given to Dronfield Town FC next May, so they can be installed in the close season.

To celebrate the move, Hallam sport students went along to train with the club’s under eights and senior teams.

Dan Porter, head of sport services at Sheffield Hallam, said: “With the development of international-standard pitches and floodlights taking place at Bawtry Road, we wanted to find a sustainable, green solution to replacing the lights.

“Getting a local club to take them seemed like the perfect solution.

“We’re delighted the many teams at Dronfield Town will be able to benefit from these lights from next season.”

Darren Bradwell, club spokesman, said: “We are delighted Sheffield Hallam University has given us the opportunity to re-use these floodlights.

“To have had to purchase them new would have meant a lot more fundraising and time before we could realise our ambitions.

“Now these lights will enable us to achieve our goal of providing the opportunity for all the girls and boys in our club to play football for their local club at a very high standard.”

The redevelopment of Bawtry Road aims to improve participation in competitive and recreational sport – for students and the wider community.

It includes rugby, football and 3G all-weather pitches and a new pavilion and changing rooms.