Footballers benefit from floodlight donation

September 25, 2013 | Community News

Players at Netherthird Amateur Football Club have been giving a training boost thanks to a donation from Banks Renewables, helping pay for floodlights which will let the team train after dark.

The club, trains once a week at the Netherthird Playing Fields and the donation worth £900 will mean that this training will now be able to continue as the longer nights draw in over the autumn and winter months – helping the team to continue its ascendency in the league.

Neil Gibson, secretary of Netherthird Amateur Football Club, said: “We are so grateful for the support of Banks Renewables as the whole community can now play sports all year round in the evenings.

“Before we had the floodlights we either had to play inside if it was available or play less because it was so dark. Now our team, as well as others in the community, can use the lights at any time. It will make it so much easier for our team to stay fit during the chilly winter months.

“The floodlights are also portable so people can move them onto whichever pitch or court they want and it’s really easy and quick to do.

“I hope the added hours of practise we get will see some great matches throughout the next season and see us take home some great victories.

“It’s great to see that a renewable energy business is keen to back our local community and work to help our team get stronger and stay fit and healthy. This kind generosity also allows other sporting groups play later than normal and get some fresh air at the same time.”

The team of 22 players aged between 16 and 30 and all from the local area, train every Wednesday evening and can play in up to two games a week during the amateur football season.

Netherthird Amateur Football Club was set up by Neil Gibson alongside Leigh Gibson, both of whom wanted to create a community football club which would allow players to play in a more competitive environment, helping develop players skills and create a real sense of community at the same time.

Since being founded three years ago, the club has gone from strength to strength and this season will enter the second division of the Ayrshire Amateur Football Association league.

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, the company behind plans for the High Cumnock and Lethans wind farms, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to support this local group which is very much at the heart of the community.

“Securing permission for our wind farms is only part of what we do. Listening to and engaging with the local community to create a lasting positive legacy in the areas which we operate is central to our development with care policy.

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