MINI tornados have lifted the Ballandean Football Club dugouts off the ground and hurled them across the fields and, while they've survived more than a decade of weather and sport, the shelters are now set for an upgrade.
Ballandean Football Club president Neil Newman said the old football shelters had been built 10-15 years ago and "they've seen a bit of wear and tear”.
"We've had to refurbish them a little bit, and bolt them down on concrete,” Mr Newman said.
He said a grant of $9200 from the Southern Downs Regional Council would be used to buy two new dugouts for the main field, which he hoped to have installed within the next month.
The dugouts, which are used during the main football season from March until September, and then through the summer for the over-35s games, provided protection from the sun and wind.
Mr Newman said the new shelters would have seats for viewing the game, and the old shelters would be relocated to the junior fields.
"We're trying to attract some south-west zone teams for a show game, so it will be good to have them ready for that.
"It will also be an attractive appearance as people drive into the district from the southern end, because they'll see them from the main highway.”
Mr Newman said he wanted to thank the council.
"It's a real bonus for not-for-profit organisations to receive help to continually improve facilities, and we feel very privileged to receive some money.”
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