Former players light up St Helen's

By Dave Dow | 27/11/2017

  • St Helen's Floodlighting upgraded.
  • New lighting controls in place.
  • Former Players' Association make big contribution to costs.


Supporters will have noticed at the recent home match v Carmarthen Quins, that the light from the four huge floodlights was significantly improved.

This is one part of a whole series of ongoing improvements at St Helen's. The landmark floodlights were erected in 1964, three of them at 140 feet tall, the fourth almost double that, due to the size of the cricket outfield, is the tallest freestanding sports ground floodlight in the UK.

Now, with the help of the All Whites Former Players' Association (AWFPA), brand new 'Switch Gear' has been put in place to regulate the lighting system. The system itself has also been upgraded with the large tower receiving a new set of lights, bringing the level of luminance comfortably in excess of the 200 Lux requirements at Premiership level.

A cheque from Terry Morgan, Chairman of the AWFPA, was presented by to Swansea Rugby Club Chairman Stephen Hughes to cover the cost of the new control system. Stephen Hughes commented:

"The club is grateful to the Former Players' Association who have contributed a substantial sum to help ensure we are up to date with all requirements for evening matches. It is one of the many requirements we must comply with to stage matches at the famous old ground and I would like to say a big thank you to the AWFPA for stepping up and helping us get ourselves upgraded. At a whopping 380 Lux, we are now comfortably over the 200 Lux threshold and the new 'Switch Gear' is an essential part of that work undertaken. The difference - I think players and supporters would agree - is clear to see ."

Well done to the All Whites  Former Players' Association.

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