UWE Bristol supports development of new community sports complex

Issue date: 28 April 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has contributed towards a £5.9 million transformation of a sporting facility in Lockleaze.

Funding has been pledged by the university to a project which will see a two-storey clubhouse created alongside two all-weather pitches for rugby and football. The new sports complex will replace 1950s changing rooms and underused playing fields off Bonnington Walk.

The all-weather rugby pitch at the complex – being developed in two phases - is set to be officially opened today (Friday 28 April).

UWE Bristol plans to use the facility as a base for its social and competitive sports programmes as well as a hub for Students' Union sport clubs.

The university's investment will enhance the quality and increase the size of the social spaces within the pavilion. The inclusion of two larger changing rooms will provide greater flexibility for communal changing and enable the complex to accommodate a wider range of sports teams.

It is hoped the new complex will bring huge benefits to the local community by widening the range of activities available.

Alex Isaac, head of UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport, said: “The development of the Lockleaze site will provide new opportunities for the local community to participate in sport and healthy lifestyles.

“UWE Bristol's Coach Education programme offers financial support to students to gain coaching qualifications, and participants often go on to volunteer in various community placements. The Lockleaze project will provide an ideal setting for these students to develop those delivery skills.”

The project is being led by Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination and Bristol City Council. Once complete, the complex is expected to boast a multi-use games area, a dog walking area and trim trail, an indoor fitness centre, sports hall, squash courts and further community facilities.

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