Windfalls for sports clubs

March 29 2018

MEMBERS of two sports clubs in Frenchay are having a ball celebrating cash handouts.

MEMBERS of two sports clubs in Frenchay are having a ball celebrating cash handouts.

Frenchay Cricket Club receive £4,000 to spend on facilities with Downend and Frenchay Tennis Club benefiting from £3,690. 

The cash is part of a £450,000 investment in open spaces and sports facilities by South Gloucestershire Council.

The money, raised from house-builders’ contributions to local infrastructure, is being distributed to local groups and parish councils after the authority handed responsibility to them for the upkeep of sports pitches and pavilions last April.

Frenchay Cricket Club, at the Bob Stone Ground in Frenchay, will spend the cash on new sight screens which are used to help batsmen see the ball better.

Downend and Frenchay Tennis Club, also at the Bob Stone Ground, will use the money on installing new ‘access for all’ electronic gates.

Also benefiting is Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council with £62,000 to help fund a new changing room pavilion at King George V playing fields; £7,600 for AEK Boco Football Club for toilet and storage facilities; nearly £9,000 for Kingswood RFC to improve floodlighting at Deanery Road.