- Upton on Severn to unveil new floodlights
- Installation closely follows RFU Club Accreditation award
Upton on Severn will officially switch on their new floodlights when they play local rivals Pershore in a Midlands Three West (South) match at Collinghurst Meadow on Friday, October 11 (7.30pm).
The lights have been installed with financial help from the RFU’s Lead Up and Legacy fund. The RFU has committed £10 million over the next four years to help clubs improve their facilities and pitches. This funding forms part of the RFU’s new National Facilities Strategy for 2013-17 and will help around 500 clubs to become “Fit for 15” in the lead up to, and legacy from, Rugby World Cup 2015.
The installation of Upton’s floodlights rewards the hard work of chairman Nat Kelsey, whose ambition was for the club to have permanent floodlights.
The floodlight switch-on will mark a double celebration for Upton, who have also achieved RFU Club Accreditation status.
Charlie Hemmings, the President of North Midlands RFU, will be one of the guests of honour at the Pershore match along with Steve Guy, one of the two RFU Council Members for North Midlands, who refereed Upton’s first two matches after they were formed in March 1981.
Upton played their first matches against the Lamb and Flag and a Pershire XV at Hanley Castle High School but within three years had moved to Collingshurst Meadow in Upton, a field that had just come under the ownership of the Parish Council and formed part of the Sports Field where a new pavilion with changing and social facilities was available.
The ground is on the River Severn flood plain and Upton have suffered from flooding over the years. As part of a flood relief scheme that followed severe flooding in 2007 a bund has been built on Upton’s original first team pitch and training area.
Those facilities have since been reinstated on Collinghurst Meadow and the installation of floodlights will further enhance Upton’s headquarters.