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Bringing the light . . . The Wyndham Rugby Club is in the process of collecting funds to pay for the installation of flood lights at the Raglan St Reserve near its club rooms. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Wyndham Rugby Club’s plan to light up the Raglan St Reserve near its clubrooms is close to becoming a reality.

The club applied for funding to the Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) through the Mataura Licensing Trust.

At the trust’s July meeting the board decided to recommend TTCF grant the project $40,000.

The grant was confirmed last week.

About six years ago the Menzies College Rugby Club and the Wyndham club redeveloped the section of land on the corner of Raglan and Alma Sts and laid out two and a-half rugby fields.

Club chairman Matt McKelvie said now the club had received the TTCF funding there was enough money to start the project on the reserve.

“We’ll probably be able to do one and a-half fields with lights,” Mr McKelvie said.

At present the showgrounds were used for night training.

“We’ve only got some old lights at the showgrounds that we use and they are getting past their use-by date.”

The showgrounds were used for practice by the two Wyndham senior teams, about three Menzies College teams and the Wyndham Town women’s football team, he said.

After the redevelopment the plan had been to install lights at the reserve.

Eleven were planned and would cost about $254,000.

“The club has fronted up about a third of that.”

A resource consent was granted last year.

Then the club started to fundraise and apply for grants.

It had about $96,000 from funders already and with the TTCF funding had enough money to install about eight lights before the start of the 2022 season.

The lights would be a great asset to the town and would enable night games to be played, he said.

It might even be possible to play junior grade games during the week which would give families the weekend free.

“The kids get a kick out of playing under lights think they are Super-15 players when they roll up under lights at night.”