Coldstream F.C., who play in the East of Scotland League, recently completed the installation of new floodlights at Home Park. This project, whilst enhancing the facilities available at the club’s ground, also allowed Coldstream F.C. to retain full membership of The Scottish FA. The club worked extremely hard to raise funds for the project which attracted finance from a variety of sources including a Facility Award from The Scottish Football Partnership and support from Scottish Borders Council.
Brian Balmbro, Club Secretary commented on the award by saying “Coldstream Football Club would like to express our thanks and gratitude to The Scottish Football Partnership for the monetary contribution awarded to us towards the cost of the installation of new floodlights at Home Park, Coldstream. The floodlights will be of great benefit to the club and the local community for many years to come. As well as enabling the first team to have much greater flexibility with arranging fixtures it will also mean that the club will retain its SFA Licence and will continue to be regulated to ensure all safeguards and policies are implemented to allow all people involved with, or visiting, the club do so in as safe an environment as possible. The under-age teams of the town’s junior football club are already using the floodlights for their training sessions. This is hugely beneficial for them as the area they used previously was poorly lit and had a less well-maintained playing surface, now they can train close to the pavilion in a very well illuminated area with a flat surface which is all much safer for them. The club has already used the floodlights for evening first team fixtures this season, including the re-arranged Scottish Cup Preliminary Round tie against Bo’ness United – without the lights this fixture could have suffered repeated postponements which would have impacted the upcoming rounds of the competition due to the shortened intervals between them this season.”