Bangalow Bluedogs will soon be able to play under lights at home.
Bangalow Bluedogs will soon be able to play under lights at home. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Cash boost will light up Bangalow Bluedogs’ field

TWILIGHT soccer matches could become a fixture for the Bangalow Bluedogs after the confirmation of a welcome cash boost.

Byron Shire Council has received $55,760 under the latest Community Building Partnership Grants scheme.

The council applied for the money on behalf of the club, which will use the windfall to improve floodlighting at its Jeff Schneider Field base.

Bluedogs president Paul Hanigan said the money, which has been allocated through the NSW Government scheme, was great news for his club.

"We are stoked about it," he said.

"It is great news for every Football FNC club, as it means we can potentially hold night games here now.

"As a premier league club, we have six men's teams. Staging later matches will really help players.

"It is good news for us."

The field is also used as a training, coaching and playing base for FNC rep sides.

Hanigan said the club would now petition the council to undertake the work as quickly as possible.

A total of $320,000 has been handed out to 16 Northern NSW Football-affiliated clubs under the project.

The Lennox Head Sharks club was among the other successful applicants, receiving just over $25,000.

Facilities at the club's Skennars Head fields, including storage sheds and water pumps, will be upgraded.

Lismore Thistles received just under $7000 for a new safety fence, while Murwillumbah FC has been granted a little over $45,000 to refurbish its clubhouse.

Hanigan thanked the Byron Shire Council for its assistance with the application.

Northern NSW club development officer Gary Fisher said he hoped the grants would assist the clubs in moving forward.

"This is a great result," he said.

"I congratulate clubs that were successful and I trust this assists them in further improving the football experience for all participants."

Anyone needing assistance in applying for future grants should email Gary Fisher at cdo@northernnswfootball.com.au



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