Big crowd braves the rain for official opening of Lyde Green Sports Ground
MORE than 200 people braved a downpour to take part in the official opening of Lyde Green Sports Ground.
Exhibition matches by junior teams and a match between Longwell Green Veterans and Lyde Green Veterans were the highlights of the event to open the pitches and pavilion in Howsmoor Lane, which will be managed by Longwell Green Sports Football Club.
The official opening was by South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage, who said there was a “real need” for them across the local area.
He added: “With Longwell Green Sports AFC you couldn’t have a better community-focussed club taking on the management of the pitches and changing rooms.
“As the ward councillor for Longwell Green, I’ve seen their great work locally in opening up football to all ages, genders and now for the first time a new team for children with disabilities – one of the new clubs in the region to do this. I’m in no doubt that the club will go from strength to strength and that Lyde Green will have a thriving new sports scene.”
John Gibbs, chairman of Longwell Green Sports AFC, said the club was looking forward to linking with the community in Lyde Green.
More than 40 people living in the development have already joined the football club and more, including juniors, expressed interest at the opening event.
Lyde Green Veterans will now be using the facility for their home matches.
Manager and Lyde Green resident Craig Pellowe said the team had won its first two home games at its “wonderful” new ground in Bristol Corinthian League Division 3.
He said: “We have had a few local spectators in these opening matches, including friends and family of players and other local residents and we are really grateful of the support. All match scheduling is shared via the Lyde Green Local Facebook group, so we encourage anyone and everyone to come along and get behind your local team.
“The squad is now at capacity, so we are no longer looking to recruit further players, however we welcome anyone who would like to meet people in the local area to come along, introduce yourself and get involved with following us.”
Also at the launch day were Emersons Green town councillors Rachael Hunt, Colin Hunt and Judy Adams.
Rachael said: “I’m so pleased to see these facilities now in use. John and his team are working hard to bring it to life and it’s great to see both the teams having fun. I look forward to seeing activities here develop alongside the growing local community of Lyde Green.”