by Luke Pearson @ASFCofficial
The Official Accrington Stanley Supporters’ Trust (OASST) have very kindly funded the purchase of two state-of-the-art lighting rigs, as well as installing a defibrillator at the Wham Stadium with the money raised by last year’s Jack Barrett Memorial Walk.
As the season progresses, the lighting rigs will provide artificial light in order to aid the growth of the playing surface.
OASST chairman Peter Leatham said: “A lot of money been spent on the pitch and the least we could do was to help where we could.
“Obviously grass needs two things to grow, it needs sunlight and rain. Unfortunately in East Lancashire we get an awful lot of one and not a lot of another, so the lighting rigs were a logical purchase.”
Head groundsman Ben Kay added: “We’ve had 27 games and 18 training sessions. We expect to reach over 60 usages and we’re going to host a lot more 23s games, so investing back into the pitch is vital.
“The pitch was recently stitched which gives us the playability, but it doesnt’t keep the grass coverage and obviously having the articificial light in certain places will help us with that.”
Following October’s Jack Barrett Memorial Walk, the money raised was split between the Hyndburn Baby Bank and a defibrillator unit.
Peter said: “The first few minutes if somebody does unfortunately collapse are absolutely important, so the more defibrillators we can have around the place the better.
“Obviously on a matchday the mediical staff do have them, but this will hopefully help out on non-matchdays because we’ll have a lot more people around the facility with the new lounges opening.
“We’d be delighted if it never get used but if it does, it’s there to serve a purpose. I’d like to thank all our supporters on the Jack Barrett Walk last October because that helped raise funds for this.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to the OASST for the purchase of the lighting rigs and the defibrillator.