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Light shines on AFC Sudbury as new floodlights are unveiled

Light shines on AFC Sudbury as new floodlights are unveiled

Light shines on AFC Sudbury as new floodlights are unveiled
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.

AFC Sudbury officially unveiled their new state-of-the-art LED floodlights at the Kings Marsh Stadium in Suffolk recently (Wednesday 17 October). This was made possible by an investment from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed AFC Sudbury, who play in the Isthmian League Division One North at Step 4, to replace their existing floodlights. The previous 26-year-old, metal halide floodlights regularly required maintenance work and had become increasingly unreliable.

The new LED floodlights at Kings Marsh Stadium will help the club to become more energy efficient by reducing carbon footprint and minimising the amount of light spillage over the neighbouring water meadows. The investment means that AFC Sudbury can sustain their Grade D status of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria and will enable the club to continue their pursuit of the Division One title.

AFC Sudbury were formed in June 1999 from the amalgamation of Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers, making it the newest senior club in East Anglia. The club’s current stadium, Kings Marsh, was previously a water meadow, from which two pitches and a training area were created.

The project was made possible by a £32,839 grant from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisations of the Football Foundation. 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 .

In 2017 AFC Sudbury were awarded two lots of funding from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to carry out refurbishment works to the ground. The club received £3,309 to replace dilapidated dugouts, and £1,217 to install a new seating area. This takes the Premier Leagues total investment in the club to £37,365.

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 OBE, 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 Kings Marsh Stadium is just one example of the excellent work the Premier League and FSIF are doing across the country.”

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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.” - Philip Turner, Chairman of AFC Sudbury

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