An artist's impression of the
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
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
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
"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
"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