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Rugby club plans new lights for junior training

Rhiwbina Rugby Football Club is applying for permission to install new floodlighting, allowing junior players to train during the winter.

The lights, which would be focused at the ground on the area behind the changing rooms, would potentially be used two to three nights a week until 8.30pm between the end of October and beginning of March, the club told us.

The area, which is traditionally used for training, has been left unmown since March, but once restored would allow more than 175 players, aged 10-18, to train in a phased programme, which would ensure car parking is not an issue, the club added.

The area will not be fenced off, and will remain free for public use during the day and summer evenings.

Residents should not notice any change in the level of light at their windows, the club said. If readings exceed strict limits, the council could switch the lights off. Founded in 1962, the Squirrels have more than 300 mini and junior players and over 150 senior members, as well as 120 unpaid volunteers.

A club spokesperson told us: “As one of the largest volunteer clubs in Wales, we are very aware of the huge health issues our country is experiencing. Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and mental health issues all are significantly improved by regular exercise. We all put our time in for free to help our young members get on the right path”.

They added: “We believe we leave the park in a better place. We pick up litter, deter vandalism and our presence reduces anti-social behaviour. Taking over 300 young players off the street can only help provide us with a better place to live.”

A local resident has contacted us to express concern at the proposal, particularly over a lack of consultation, a potential increase in light and noise, loss of the unmown ‘meadow’ area, and an increase in car parking.

You can see details of the application here, where you can also leave a comment.

Main photo from Rhiwbina RFC Twitter page.

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