Abacus Scores A Premiership Hat-Trick
Planning restrictions, light pollution and performance were all key elements in the lighting of Arsenal’s Youth Academy, and the Challenger® 1 series proves victorious again
Walthamstow, England: August 2009
Following on from successful floodlighting installations at Everton and Chelsea, Abacus Lighting has made it a football hat-trick with the provision of a 500 lux system to the Hale End Arsenal Youth Academy.
Abacus provided valuable help to the Club in order to overcome strict planning conditions which insisted that no lighting overspill intruded onto neighbouring properties. A range of designs were produced for consideration incorporating Abacus’ patented raising and lowering masts and Challenger®
In the past, sports lighting has provided some of the worst cases of individual light pollution and protecting the environment through careful lighting design is a major priority for Abacus. Overspill, Sky Glow and Glare (the key elements of light pollution) are receiving increasing attention wherever floodlighting applications are being considered.
Light pollution is a problem associated with our modern night environment and can cause serious adverse affects both physiologically and ecologically in city, urban and rural areas. Abacus works closely with The British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) which aims to preserve and restore the beauty of the night sky by campaigning against inefficient, unnecessary and irresponsible lighting.
Abacus’ Challenger® 1 range of sports lighting offers a specific light control system consisting of a series of complementary measures to effectively control obtrusive light. Precision reflector systems ensure tight beam control, reducing overspill and directing light only where it is needed. The range was designed satisfy the requirements of a diverse range of sports lighting applications at every possible level of competition.
James Brunt, Sports Specialist at Abacus, commented: "Abacus has a great track record in lighting sports training facilities and centres of excellence including the Complete Football Centre at Gosforth, the National Football Academy in Burton and the Welsh RFU academy in Hensol. This is the second training pitch we’ve lit at the Walthamstow site and a very prestigious project for Abacus."
The Academy at Walthamstow, is now in its 11th season. One of the first tier of English clubs to gain academy status in 1998, it has consistently produced footballers ready for first-team action. Ex-academy graduates, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and Nicklas Bendtner all now play for Arsenal and Ashley Cole, David Bentley and Steven Sidwell have all played for England.
The Academy Director is legendary midfielder Liam Brady, who is assisted by David Court, also a former Gunners star. Both are responsible for the development of all the boys registered with the Academy between the ages of nine and 21. James added: "The pitches are predominantly used by Arsenal’s Centre of Excellence and, who knows, we may be helping to produce the next Theo Walcott!"