Dumbarton’s cinch League Two fixture with Stranraer next weekend, Saturday February 24, will kick-off at the earlier time of 2.00pm.
The club made the following comment: “It’s often unforeseen events which make us reflect on the way we do things. The recent early kick-off at Elgin as a result of floodlight issues there has prompted informal discussions which we feel are worth widening to involve our supporters and players.
“During the winter months there is a heavy reliance on floodlights at our matches. Although we use LED lamps, the energy consumption remains considerable. Bringing forward the kick-off time by one hour to 2.00pm has the potential to make a real difference to this. The carbon footprint of match-days will be reduced – we have a responsibility, particularly to our young supporters, to examine every way in which we can do this.
“We see other benefits; visiting supporters of all clubs would be spending less time travelling home in unfamiliar surroundings in darkness and part-time players who are in full-time employment elsewhere attend training two evenings a week. They will therefore have a little more time to spend on a Saturday evening with friends and family.
“We are grateful to our friends at Stranraer FC to agreeing to participate in trialling this with us. Feedback from everyone involved is essential and we would encourage you to share your opinion and experience by emailing email@example.com.”