Pictured: NPL chairman Mark Harris (left) with Wiseman Lighting director Harry Riste
The Northern Premier League has a bright future after striking up a deal with Wiseman Lighting to become its official lighting partner.
Wiseman are the leaders in setting new standards in sport lighting and were the first installers of LED sports floodlighting in the UK.
They work with clubs at all levels to deliver projects from inception to completion, including supporting clubs with sustainable and innovative financial solutions.
NPL chairman, Mark Harris, said: “We’ve been looking for a lighting partner for some time. Every year, we do a survey with all of our clubs to find out from them what sort of partnerships would meet the demand and lighting came very high this year.
“We have been looking for the right type of company over the years and we think Wiseman’s is a perfect fit.
“It is beneficial to absolutely everybody. Our clubs benefit from superb service in terms of floodlight inspections, but more important the necessary guidance towards funding availability for LED systems and upgrades.
“From a league perspective, it is a great brand to be involved with and we look forward to growing it over many years.”
The deal was officially launched ahead of Atherton Collieries’ home game with Nantwich Town on Tuesday night, the first league game played under the new lights that Wiseman have installed at the Skuna Stadium.
A number of other NPL clubs have already also made enquiries with the new lighting partners.
Colls chairman, Paul Gregory, said: “Wiseman came recommended by the FA, we knew we needed new lighting and everything moved on quickly. They’ve been an absolutely brilliant company to deal with from start to finish.
“I can’t believe what a difference the new lights have made. Before them it was a bit like watching football through a stocking! I would recommend Wiseman to every club in the football pyramid, they have been a fantastic company to work with, innovative and thoroughly professional.”
Wiseman was established in 2013 by Harry Riste, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry.
They have installed LED floodlights across the football pyramid, as well as in other sports such as rugby, athletics, hockey and tennis.
On the partnership announcement, Harry Riste said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Northern Premier League who’s ambitions to help and support their member clubs are aligned with our own business aims. The exceptional quality of the LED product we offer alongside our high level of support will allow clubs in the NPL to transition to the latest floodlighting technology with ease.”