The Northern Premier League has announced a deal which sees Wiseman Lighting become its official lighting partner.

Wiseman were the first installers of LED sports floodlighting in the UK and 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 importantly 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, whose 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.”

For more information, visit the Wiseman Lighting website at www.wisemanlighting.co.uk. You can also follow them on Twitter @wisemanlighting

All Northern Premier League fixtures have been suspended with immediate effect due to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

No potential return date has yet been set by the league.

The news means Tuesday’s game between South Shields and Morpeth Town at Mariners Park has been postponed, with no rearranged date set.

In the meantime, the club will continue to make tickets for upcoming matches available to buy online and they will be valid for any rearranged dates.

A statement from the league said: “The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

“The League would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures.

“Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.

“In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.

“The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019-20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality.

“The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.

“As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.”

Saturday’s BetVictor Northern Premier Division match between South Shields and FC United of Manchester will go ahead as planned.

The NPL board met on Friday afternoon and decided that all games in the league would be played this weekend.

A statement from the league said: “The NPL board has decided that all games will go ahead this weekend.

“Further to our communication of yesterday regarding the Coronavirus crisis, and following the Premier League and EFL deciding to pause the season until April 9th, the NPL has today been in discussion with the National, Southern and Isthmian Leagues to try and agree a common approach, but this did not prove possible.

“The FA has today stated that it is each League’s decision as to what approach it wishes to take, so each league at Steps 3 and 4 will do what it believes best for its member clubs.

“Accordingly, and in common with the National League, the NPL’s board has decided that all matches will go ahead this weekend, with future fixtures being reviewed on Monday 16th March.

“Our primary concern, as always, is to protect the financial stability of our 62 clubs.  This means playing as many games as we can, so long as clubs wish to do so. This is not contrary to the League’s and clubs’ duty of care considerations to players, officials or supporters but, in a season where clubs have been severely impacted by weather-related postponements, the NPL board believes that pausing the season right now would prove disastrous for many clubs.

“The situation is changing daily, so our approach to Covid-19 must be flexible, recognising the very genuine concerns around the health of players, officials and supporters.

“The NPL has consistently urged clubs to follow government advice, which is that football matches should go ahead as planned for now. Having carefully weighed up all options, and mindful that we are between a rock and a hard place on this issue, all NPL matches will therefore go ahead as planned this weekend unless a club is directly affected by players, referees or volunteers who are self-isolating or have serious concerns.

“Clubs have been issued with further guidance and instruction.

“The NPL acknowledges this is not a decision that will meet with universal approval. Although our current stance may have to be reviewed as events escalate, it will be business as usual for as long as possible.”