PRESS RELEASE – LATEST ON NEW LIGHTING

Frankston FC is delighted to confirm the announcement of full $2.35 million funding for broadcast quality lighting to be erected at Frankston Park SkyBus Stadium.  Initial design of the lights project has already been conducted and we look forward to work commencing in the next 2 months which would see the lights up and operational at out ground early next year.

This exciting project is a significant step forward in establishing Frankston Park as the hub of football on the Peninsula.  Broadcast quality lighting will allow games and events to be covered on main stream television and also streamed live through other mediums and provide football supporters with the opportunity to see high quality night games right here on the Peninsula.

Lighting of this quality will provide an elite facility that can showcase football on the Mornington Peninsula and provide the community with a night venue for VFL, VFLW, MPNFL and Junior AFL football as well as providing huge opportunities to promote events and other field sports.  The ultimate goal for us is to also have AFLW games and AFL practice matches played under lights at Frankston Park.  Perhaps we could see Frankston Dolphins VFL in a televised night VFL final in the coming years!

The lights were secured with funding from our local, state and federal government stakeholders .   We would like to thank the Frankston City Council for leading the way in early 2017 by supporting the initial concept and providing the first funding portion to show the football world that Frankston was serious about providing an elite football facility.  Paul Edbrooke and the Andrews State Labor government were next on board announcing their funding at the first game of the season with Chris Crewther and the Morrison Federal Liberal government confirming at the last home game that they would complete the three-way funding agreement.  This has been a great example of Council, State and Federal government sharing the load and all committing to improving regional facilities to provide our community with a facility to support football and our football club for decades to come.  In true bi-partisan support the project was never in doubt as it also had the support of Michael Lamb from the State Liberal Opposition and Peta Murphy from the Federal Labor opposition parties who had both committed to support the funding.  During 2018 we were delighted to see all the above members and candidates visiting our ground to mix with players and have a kick of the footy on training nights or attend the Frankston Football Club lunch and toss the coin on a game day.  It was obvious that all of us see grass roots football as an essential ingredient of a vibrant local community program that underpins our great Australian way of life.

As we know our club is currently in a huge rebuilding phase after being re admitted to the VFL competition this year and so the significance of this announcement is magnified as it shows that our 3 government stakeholders have unanimous support for our current direction and the future of our club as we continue to provide a football pathway for all players on the Peninsula.

We now look forward to the first game under lights and encourage all football lovers to come along to Frankston Park SkyBus Stadium early next year to be part of an elite football experience when we play the first game under lights.

Peter Geddes
President – Frankston Football Club