We’re chuffed to welcome onboard a whole new list of organisations in favour of Lighter Later … this time it’s almost everyone from the British sporting world – the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Lawn Tennis Association to name just a few. They’re amongst the names on a letter calling for change sent today to Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.
An extra hour of light in the evenings would give grassroots sports a big boost. As the FA said today … “Football in England is much more than big matches on floodlit pitches”. Over 80% of football in this country is played on public land.
English cricketing legend Mike Gatting is a huge supporter. “‘Bad light stops play’ is one of the most frustrating sentences you can hear in a cricket context. Very few cricket pitches can afford to have floodlighting, so this proposal would be a great boost to our sport.”
If you’re fed up with dark evenings affecting your sporting life, why not join us in our campaign? You don’t need to be the CEO of the FA to make a difference – the most important thing is for you to ask your MP to support Rebecca Harris’ Private Member’s Bill. If you haven’t done it already, just follow this link and write a brief letter to them, asking them to consider the arguments for clock change, and requesting that they show up in Parliament to debate the issue on 3rd December.
It really is that simple – and the more of us who do it, the more chance we have of seeing lighter evenings!