Perth Glory Youth Academy in the dark at Mount Claremont training ground after Nedlands Council says no to lights


The Perth Glory Youth Academy players have been left in the dark by a council decision to deny them temporary practice lights for their next season.

Young members of the club’s academy aged 10 to 16 trained for years on the playing fields of Christ Church Grammar School in St Johns Wood, where they leaned on nine temporary light towers at the diesel after dark.

Rental lights are similar to those used by road contractors during nighttime work, sitting on top of trailers, and Glory wanted to keep turning them on at the Mount Claremont site for weekday sessions until 7 p.m. .

But last week, Nedlands city councilors sided with locals who say the light spill and noise from the drive is hurting their way of life.

The board’s position stems from concerns expressed by a handful of people who cited “antisocial player behavior, including music and foul language,” “glare and stray light” on neighboring properties, and the issues parking and traffic at night.

Six submissions were received during the public comment period in June, five of which opposed the installation of the lights on the oval which is rented by the Perth Glory Football Club from Christ Church Grammar School on a lease periodic for one year.

Perth Glory is keeping a low profile on what they will do next, but general manager Tony Pignata told PerthNow earlier this month the club would be forced to find another place to train if the temporary lights were not authorized.

“It’s frustrating, now we have to find a home for 100 potential professional League A players who play for us… we can’t train in the dark and we can’t use these pitches because they haven’t been. fixed. lights, so we had to find another place, ”he told PerthNow in November.