GROUNDWORKS have begun for the installation of new floodlights at Troon FC’s Portland Park ground as the club continues its journey towards a full SFA licence.

Planning permission for the work was granted by South Ayrshire Council in August and the first trenches for the cabling, as well as holes for the floodlight poles themselves, were dug last week.

The project also includes the construction of a multi-use games area and expansion of the car parking area at the ground.

The club says it hopes the work will help it secure a full licence from the SFA by the end of the current season – in time to enter the 2023-24 Scottish Cup.

Car parking and spectator areas at the ground will be restricted until the work is complete.

A club spokesperson said: “Whilst the works is continuing, the car park to the rear of the club will be closed as a safety measure. Supporters are advised to park their vehicles in either the Shore Road public car park, Academy Street public car park or even in nearby Gillies Street, all of which are a few minutes walk from the ground itself.

“This allows space for our supporters with more limited mobility to park at the few spaces just outside the ground off Portland Street.”