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Castle BMX Club have become the first sporting club in Australia to install new energy efficient floodlights, that increase safety, reduce energy consumption and provide instant light for their riders. Best of all, there are…

Castle BMX Club have become the first sporting club in Australia to install new energy efficient floodlights, that increase safety, reduce energy consumption and provide instant light for their riders.

Best of all, there are no dark spots that can cause havoc for riders.

The club in Sydney’s northwest recently worked with the Hills Shire Council to install Philips OptiVision LED floodlights as a means to reduce the electricity cost and improve the clubs offering to current and potential members.

It’s a vital improvement that club president Jason Starling believes will make the club more attractive to families in the area.

“We had an old set of lights with halogen globes, and the council decided that they chewed too much power and recommended this new lighting,” Starling said.

“They’re incredible. Shadowing and dark spots are gone and best of all they’re instant. Importantly for BMX they don’t have a tough glare, so if a rider catches a glimpse of it while jumping, it won’t burn their eyes.

“As it gets darker over winter, I think it will make our track more appealing for riders who want to be able to ride safely, and don’t have to rush to get their track session in before it gets too dark. It’s like daylight out there.” 

While attracting BMX riders to the club is one upside that Starling sees, he’s also hopeful it will attract new members to the club.

“We’ve already had other local sporting clubs asking about these lights, we’re leading the way for the community,” he said.

“A lot of kids love BMX, and with new suburbs popping up around Castle Hill, we want to capitalize and create an environment that is safe, and appealing for those looking to be part of it all. 

“Aesthetically the track is great. We’re shaking the image of a BMX track being a few dirt jumps in the bush, and turning our track into an appealing place where people want to be part of the action.

“We’re also now in a position where we can begin planning for school holiday programs that will allow the track to be utilized for longer. We’ve been here for 30-years, and now people are starting to notice us more thanks to these sort of improvements.

“My advice to other clubs is to work with your council, state BMX association and BMX Australia to help support your club members.”

Castle Hill BMX Club has coaching sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. They run gates on Wednesday’s and race on Saturday’s.