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Gov’t to address netball floodlight problem

Plans are in place to better the facilities for netball players who have been left in the dark once games are finished.

The issue was addressed in a letter to

The Royal Gazette’s sports department earlier this week when a netball spectator asked why floodlights at the Bernard Park courts were turned off before players had chance to change once the final match of the evening was completed.

Yesterday, the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation said they were now liaising with the Bermuda Netball Association (BNA) to sort out the problem.

“The Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation works in cooperation with the Bermuda Netball Association in the scheduling of netball games at Bernard Park,” said a spokesperson.

“On occasion games do not start on time and this causes a delay at the end of the evening’s play.

“The Department recognises the problem that is created by immediately shutting off lights at the park following the conclusion of games, and endeavours to work with representatives of the BNA and part-time staff on site to avoid such occurrences.”

BNA Tracey Sharrieff played down the severity of matter, noting that players were given advanced notice over the lights going off and the close relationship between her association and Government.

“Players are given a 15 minute notice that the lights are going off, so it’s more about people hanging around after the games . . .” she said.

“Some carry flashlights and things like that so they know, but it is a situation that we will hopefully sort out in the near future.

“We are paying for the lights and the facility, and the groundsmen come and take down the poles and give notice so that’s what this is about.”

The spectator who wrote to the Gazette said: “I attended the ladies netball games at Bernard Park . . . to my astonishment as soon as the games for the evening were finished the netball poles were removed and “poof” the lights were turned off.

“The ladies didn’t have time to change into warm wear and parents were forced to be calling out their children’s names to find them.

“All this is taking place in the dark. As I understand this is not the first time this type of disrespectful behaviour has happened. Is netball not our women’s national sport?

“Does this same action take place at the National Stadium after a men’s football game is finished?”

Bermuda Netball Association president Tracey Sharreiff.

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Published January 10, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 09, 2013 at 6:07 pm)

Gov’t to address netball floodlight problem

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