The future looks bright for ambitious Somersham

A THROW-AWAY comment has turned into reality at ambitious Touchline SIL side Somersham.

The club have officially switched on their new floodlights, which have been installed at a cost of �9,500, on their intermediate pitch. The floodlight will provide the club’s four teams – first team, reserves, under-16 and under-15 sides – with vastly improved training facilities.

First-team manager Richard Kennedy said: “This brilliant new facility came out of a throw-away comment I made to the chairman last season. We were looking across at the pitch and I said it would be nice if we could have proper floodlights there.

“We previously had a floodlit area smaller than a five-a-side pitch which became boggy in the winter and used to put people off attending training.”

Kennedy said the floodlights were a result of co-operation between the village side, local government and a new local business.

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The club approached James Payne at Suffolk FA and enlisted his help, and thanks to local councillor Julia Truelove secured a �1,000 grant from Somersham Parish Council and via Mid Suffolk District Council community development officer Tom Barker received a further �4,350 from the district council.

The club also received a contribution of �4,000 from SITA UK, who are building an energy from waste centre in nearby Great Blakenham, after successfully applying in response to an offer made by the SITA Trust – a funding organisation dedicated to making last improvements to the natural environment and community life.

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The club, whose first team play in Division Two of the SIL and the reserves in Division Five, also raised funds towards the project.

Kennedy added: “We are hoping that with the floodlights we may be able to host junior cup finals in the future, but that is a work in progress.

“We are now starting the process to improve and enlarge the clubhouse.”

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