Glossop RFC have embraced the 21st century with the installation of their new match quality floodlights.
Training had traditionally been with the aid of other people’s lighting cast offs, and were therefore pretty unsatisfactory according to project coordinator Steve Ford.
“We can now play under lights as well as being able to see at training,” he said.
Musco Lighting Europe provided the Structure 2 System, using 8 columns, and giving a lighting level of 250 lux on the main pitch, and 75 lux on the training pitch. Musco are just entering the rugby market having worked closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board on pioneering floodlit cricket in England. Environmental concerns were addressed with the aid of Level 8 visors, which reduce off field spillage and glare by as much as 85%.
This is a big step forward for the Midlands Three club, following close on this summer's pitch drainage work. “We wanted to go for lights, but not before we had made sure that the pitches could cope with the additional use,” Ford said. “We live in one of the wettest parts of the country, and well drained pitches were the first step.”
Chairman Richard Parker also spoke about the project, adding: “ We managed the project via grants from Sport England and the Green Spaces Initiative Lottery Fund, and now with the aid of a grant and a loan from the Rugby Football Foundation, we're going to be lit up!
“It really is fantastic news for everyone at the club, and a fitting testimonial to President John Shaylor who died in a tragic bike accident in the Spring. John did much of the early work and would have been very proud.”