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An artist's impression of the proposed facilities

Plans for better sporting facilities at Golden Hill are to go on show to people in Henleaze. The proposals by the YMCA to revamp its existing site include an all-weather sports pitch, which will allow five-a-side football, hockey and tennis to be played.

A new sports pavilion is also planned, which will provide indoor cricket nets, changing facilities and functions rooms for community group use. The sporting improvements will be funded in part by the sale of further land for housebuilding, with the rest of the money coming from sporting and community grants.

The YMCA's existing two-storey pavilion at Golden Hill dates back to the 1960s and has basic, inadequate facilities.

Current sporting provision is limited to cricket in the summer and some school use for athletics and grass hockey. The modern sports pavilion will increase the sporting provision on site, YMCA chiefs said.

Following discussions with Sports England and Bristol City Council, Bristol YMCA is moving forward with the proposals and wants to hear representations from local residents, sports teams and community groups.

A public open evening workshop is being held on Monday at the YMCA pavilion on Wimbledon Road from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

It will give people the chance to comment and respond to the outline proposals and talk to those involved. Once full consultation is complete the organisation will then submit an outline planning application for the site to the city council.

Paul Blackham, chairman of Bristol YMCA, said: "The YMCA aims to reach out to young people, families and the community to help people grow in mind, body and spirit.

"We are the largest voluntary sector organisation providing high-quality sport, health, exercise and fitness programmes in England. We believe these proposals will dramatically improve the current sporting provision and local community facilities within the local area and benefit the wider community. We are working together with Henleaze Junior School and Redland High School to bring about these improvements.

"The YMCA believes that sport can also help develop self-esteem and confidence, and make a real difference to communities, helping people meet and come together through a shared passion for their sport."

Source: Bristol Evening Post, Friday 9th July 2004

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