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AFC Sudbury unveils new LED floodlights

PUBLISHED: 11:28 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 26 October 2018

AFC Sudbury chairman Phil Turner (centre) is joined by club director Danny Crosbie (right), and project manager John Smith (left) as the new LED floodlights are switched on before a game against Ipswich Town's Under-23 side Picture: FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

AFC Sudbury chairman Phil Turner (centre) is joined by club director Danny Crosbie (right), and project manager John Smith (left) as the new LED floodlights are switched on before a game against Ipswich Town's Under-23 side Picture: FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

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AFC Sudbury's new LED floodlights "will benefit the club for years to come", according to chairman Philip Turner.

AFC Sudbury played Ipswich Town's U23s to mark the unveiling Picture: FOOTBALL FOUNDATIONAFC Sudbury played Ipswich Town's U23s to mark the unveiling Picture: FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

The non-league football club – who play in The Bostik League North Division – unveiled the new lights at its Wardale Williams Stadium on Wednesday, October 17.

The replacement of the club’s existing floodlights was made possible through a £32,839 grant from the Premier League, which was delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The club also received support from Business Energy Efficiency Anglia who donated £14,715, which was drawn down from the European Union Regional Development Fund.

The installation of the lights will enable the club to become more energy efficient and will minimise the amount of light spillage over the historic neighbouring water meadows.

Philip Turner, chairman of AFC Sudbury, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new LED lighting, not only does it provide a much brighter, even light, we have reduced light pollution with less light spillage on the surrounding water meadows and at the same time cut running costs with future savings on energy and maintenance. It is an investment that will benefit the club for years to come.

“This project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Football Foundation and the European Union Regional Development Fund. “I would also like to say a big thank you to AFC Sudbury volunteers, 84-year-old John Smith and 74-year-old Danny Crosbie expertly managed the project from start to finish.”

Peter McCormick, chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is brilliant news that AFC Sudbury will be able to benefit from their new, modern LED floodlights and continue to enjoy the game in an environmentally friendly way.

“Through the FSIF, the Premier League invests in improving infrastructure at lower levels of the game.

“This is helping to improve the experienced of players, coaches and fans across England. The new LED floodlights installed at AFC Sudbury is just one example of the excellent work the Premier League and FSIF are doing across the country.”

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