Night-time sport and training will now be possible at Willaston Oval thanks to a grant to cover the cost of new light towers.

The project has received $156,700 as part of the South Australian Government’s Grassroots Facilities Program and the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.

Permanent lighting for the oval will support game and training fixtures and open up new timeslots to accommodate training and games during the week, increasing participation and helping to attract and retain players.

Mr Aldo Pasin, President of the Willaston Football Club said that wew lights will mean increased participation and provide more flexibility for training and games to be hosted after regular work hours.

“The installation of lights will increase use of the facility year-round particularly during the short days of the winter months,” said Mr Pasin.

Local Member of Parliament Tony Piccolo is pleased that the upgrade will provide increased opportunities for players to train and play.

“This is not just about building better sporting facilities, it is about building stronger, healthier and more active communities by promoting physical activity and social connection.”

“I hope the new lights will also provide more opportunities for female and junior participation in social and competitive sport.”

“Community sport infrastructure is a valuable investment in building community spirit and pride.”

The club recently held a special event, on Sunday 19 July, to recognise the support of the more than 80 local businesses and organisations who sponsor the club. Without the support of sponsors so much of the work that club does for the community would not be possible.

“Thank you to all who were able to attend the Willaston Football and Netball Club Sponsors Day. Our clubs wouldn’t run without the generosity of each and every one of our sponsors. Support those who support us,” said Mr Pasin.