Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall inspects the old wooden board with Uralla Rugby League Football Club board member Kevin Ward.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
URALLA’S Rugby League Football Club will start the 2018 season with points on the board, literally, with the NSW Government providing $14,500 in funding to help the Tigers acquire a new electronic scoreboard.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced the Community Building Partnerships grant, which will upgrade the club’s McCrossin Street home ground with a new and improved electronic system.
“No longer will club volunteers need to manually change the the score with a ladder,” Mr Marshall said.
“This new scoreboard will be remotely controlled from the other side of the ground, a safer and more convenient option than chalking up points on the old wooden board.
“The bright LED display will improve visibility in poor conditions, but also give the ability to display much more match information for the benefit of spectators at the ground.”
Mr Marshall said the electronic board would allow for automatic timekeeping and display scores from a wide variety of sports, increasing the potential activities on offer at the ground.
“The additional functionality offered by an electronic scoreboard will allow the grounds to accept school carnivals throughout the year, offering greater sporting options for local schools and an extra source of revenue for the club,” Mr Marshall said.
“The club will also be able to host outdoor fundraisers and winter boot camps, which are currently held indoors due to a lack of a multipurpose display.
“This will help the Tigers continue to grow and receive the support of the local community, while ensuring the club complies with modern safety standards.”
Club President Josh Clark thanked the NSW Government for the funding, saying the project was a longstanding goal for club stalwarts Abby Smith and Kevin Ward.
“The new board will be much better for timekeeping and safety. We had to have kids up there, which thankfully we don’t need to worry about any more,” Mr Clark said. “We’re hoping to get it in before our first home game in April.”