New sports ground is ready for action
LONGWELL Green Sports Football Club are set to open their new sports ground in Lyde Green over the coming weeks.
The ground on Howsmoor Lane and will be used by over fifty of the club’s junior teams for three to 18 year olds, as well as three senior teams who are part of the FA’s Chartered Standard Community Clubs. The club, which was created in 1966, is professionally run and won the Chartered Standard Community Club of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and also the Bristol Post Community Club of the Year in 2017.
John Gibbs, spokesman and chairman of Longwell Green Sports Football Club seniors, said: “We have been working together with GreenSquare [the management company] for over two years, and we are very pleased to be officially contracted to run and maintain the sports pitches and the first class sport pavilion at the Howsmoor Lane sports ground.
“Longwell Green FC have been in desperate need for football pitches to cater for all our teams and we have an excellent record for being a family friendly, community based club, but also competitive with some excellent coaches.”
The club’s junior section chairman, Neale Saunders added: “We will be here to give the community a club that they can visit, be involved with, play for and hopefully support - it’s the start of a new chapter.”
The club has already had lots of interest from Lyde Green residents before a ball has even been kicked on the new site, including Craig Pellow who has set up a veterans’ team that play matches on Sundays and will be playing at Howsmoor Lane from next season.
Community club manager Paul Griffin said: “We already have over 20 children who live in Lyde Green and have joined the boys and girls section, and we have received some very positive feedback from their parents which is very encouraging.”
The club have players from all local areas and are keen to hear from anybody who would like to come along to one of their initial training sessions. They are also on the lookout for volunteers to help run the club, and at present they need a team secretary for the reserves team, a physiotherapist for the first team and somebody to be a treasurer.
They are planning to have an official opening, where they will be inviting local residents and a celebrity from the world of football – watch this space for more details!
To find out more about the club, their teams and their volunteering opportunities, visit: www.longwellgreensportsjfc.co.uk