Swans to take on Poole Town football club in Swanage

Poole Town football club has been invited to play a pre-season friendly at Swanage Town and Herston‘s home ground at Days Park to mark the official switching on of the new floodlights.

There’s an open invite for anyone who’s interested to come down to the ground on Friday 8th July 2022 to watch the clash between the Swans and the South League Premier team. Kick off at 7.45 pm.

New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco

The new floodlights being installed

Brand new set of floodlights

As part of the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Days Park ground, a brand new set of floodlights has been installed, paid for by a grant from Swanage Town Council.

The six new impressive hi tech floodlights have been put up by the specialist sports lighting contractor Halliday Lighting Ltd from Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.

New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco
New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco

All tested and operational, the new lights are ready for the new football season

“The future is certainly looking so much brighter!”

A spokesperson for Swanage Town and Herston football club said:

“Everyone at the football club would like to extend their grateful thanks for all the hard work that the two guys from Halliday, Lee and Alex, have put in to complete the installation.

“Having travelled the five hours plus down from Nottinghamshire on a Monday morning, they’ve started some days as early as 6.30 am and worked through sometimes until 11.30 pm to complete the job, leaving the Swans with an impressive set of lights which will illuminate our beautiful and picturesque ground for years to come.

“Exciting (and dazzling) times indeed. For the Swans – the future is certainly looking so much brighter!”

New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco

The team from specialist sports lighting contractor Halliday Lighting check the lights

New sport and leisure centre plans

Moves are continuing at the football club towards getting planning permission for a new 3G pitch and outline permission for a new sport and leisure centre to replace the deteriorating sports hall.

New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco
New floodlights installed at football club
Gerald Dimarco

The work to install the lights

Groundsman of the year 2022

The current pitch has been improved recently, so much so that the club groundsman Gerald Dimarco has named the Dorset County FA’s groundsman of the year for 2022.

A lifelong Swan, Gerald has played hundreds of matches for the Swans from the age of 16, progressing rapidly through the youth and senior sides. He later became a successful Swans first team manager.

Gerald said:

“Winning this award means a lot. Days Park is my second home. I love being at this special ground so I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour, not just for myself but also for the club.”

Gerald Dimarco
Swanage Town and Herston FC

Dorset County FA’s Groundsman of the Year, Gerald Dimarco

Support your local team

With the Days Park club, pitch ready, everyone is encouraged to come along and see the improvements and to support their local team against Poole Town FC on Friday 8th July 2022.

The bar will be open and refreshments will be available. Adult tickets are £3 and children free. Kick off 7.45 pm.

Watch the Swanage Town and Herston FC film of the installation

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