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Shared Access have had an immediate impact since becoming the sponsor of the Referee’s Programme and the Irish FA launched their Floodlighting Project at the start of this season.

With every referee in Northern Ireland wearing the Shared Access sleeve badges, the word has spread about how football clubs can benefit from the Irish FA’s Floodlighting Project.

Shared Access – a leading US telecoms infrastructure provider company are able to offer local football clubs throughout Northern Ireland new floodlight facilities through state-of-the-art wireless antennas housed within the floodlights.

Leanne McCready, Irish FA Facilities Officer, has been delighted with the response from clubs right across Northern Ireland.  “This is a fantastic opportunity for football clubs to improve their floodlighting at their grounds.

“To date 61 clubs have completed the enquiry form, with more clubs showing an interest each week.  Not only can the clubs benefit from new floodlights, they can also gain access to a new revenue stream, which can be used to improve the club as a whole.”

Clubs that already have floodlights in place are not excluded from the project.  Shared Access will have a solution to suit them if their location is desirable to the mobile network operators.

All clubs which are successfully developed by Shared Access will also receive a share of the annual rent from each mobile network operator that locates on their floodlights.

Shared Access launched their first scheme of this kind in June 2010 with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and to date 506 clubs have registered their interest.

To register your club’s interest in the Shared Access project visit www.­irishfa.­com/­sharedaccess or contact the Irish FA’s Club Licensing Department on 028 90 669 458 for an application form.


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