Date: Thu 12 May 2022

By Steve Whitney

Southern Football League Partner With Wiseman Lighting

The Southern Football League has further developed its relationship with Wiseman Lighting as the first-ever league floodlighting partner.

Wiseman has supported clubs in the Southern League for many years, delivering very high maintenance and testing standards, while at the same time providing the latest LED floodlighting technology since installing the first LED sports floodlighting in the UK.

They work with clubs at all levels to deliver projects from inception to completion, managing the planning process, finding grants, and providing innovative funding solutions where grants may not be available.

Wiseman takes Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously with the owner Harry Riste Co- Founding GrassRoots Power CIC (GRP) where clubs have benefited from grants and other facility support.

Recently, GRP has partnered with the Football Association ‘Club Programme’ providing software and club services which is being rolled out across the National League System.

Southern League Vice-Chairman Anthony Hughes said: "This is the first-ever partnership with a lighting company. There are numerous companies who approach us for a partnership, it’s important for us to work with companies who demonstrate that they add value to our clubs.

“Wiseman understands the club requirements, and, in all honesty, we truly believe they are not only interested in installing new floodlighting systems they are genuinely interested in assisting clubs with the right advice, funding and planning.

“I would urge any league in the National League System to speak to Wiseman Lighting and get to the stage we are at because they support Clubs as demonstrated over many years.”

The deal is officially being launched ahead of the league’s AGM and preparations for the new season.

Several other Southern League clubs are benefiting from Wiseman upgrading their floodlighting to LED this summer. The most recent club to upgrade to LED is Cinderford Town Football Club.

Cinderford chairman, Stuart Tait, said: “The company we had been using had just retired so I asked for a recommendation, he suggested Wiseman and it went from there. Wiseman gave us all the information we needed.

“There is going to be a lot of people, volunteers and committee members like myself who generally have not got a clue of what needs to be done. Would hugely recommend Wiseman as they explain things step by step a great experience from start to finish.

“The first thing was I was aware of was the local supporters who have been coming here for forty to fifty years, as they said we can now see a match. That gave me the first bit of excitement and then not having the worry that the lights will come on. It’s like going from my basement into Blackpool lights.”

Wiseman was established in 2013 by Harry Riste, previously a volunteer chairman at his own club.

Wiseman has pioneered new standards, offering market-leading LED technology helping clubs become more sustainable. They have installed Stadia LED floodlighting across the football Pyramid, as well as in other sports such as rugby, athletics, hockey and tennis.

On the partnership announcement, Riste said: "We’ve been aspiring to partner with the Southern League for a number of years and we’re delighted to reach this milestone. Without doubt it’s a testament to our standards being delivered that has been recognised. To become the first Southern Football League floodlighting Partner is a significant statement and we are very proud when you consider the league’s origins date back to 1894.

“This highlights the league’s understanding that we’re in a period where no LED product is the same, technology is ever-changing, and new planning rules have come into force. There has never been a more important time for clubs to receive informative, trusted advice and support.”

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