FHS chosen to attend official opening of sports centre

May 30 2017

Students from Fairfield High School (FHS) Years 7 and 8 were delighted to be invited to help officially open Lockleaze Sports Centre.

Students from Fairfield High School (FHS) Years 7 and 8 were delighted to be invited to help officially open Lockleaze Sports Centre.

Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination has joined forces with Bristol City Council to develop a new modern two-storey clubhouse and two all-weather pitches for rugby and football, replacing 1950s changing rooms and underutilised, out of date playing fields.

Lauren Gibbons, Girls PE Teacher at FHS, said: “It was an absolute honour to be a part of such a grand opening and it will be an experience that the girls and I will remember for many years to come. Rugby is a fantastic sport which is backed so enthusiastically by the RFU and seeing so many girls having fun and showing such great sportsmanship during the opening was amazing to see. The facilities are incredible and we hope to have the pleasure to be playing on them in the near future.”

The girls who took part were equally enthusiastic. One said:  “I never realised I would enjoy full contact rugby so much, I will definitely be joining a club."

The funds for this £5.2m project have come from the sale for housing development of part of the Combinations land. The University of the West of England have recently joined the project bringing further capital and they will use the facility for student sport mid-week.

The girls from FHS were given a private coaching session of full contact rugby which, for many, was their first experience of the game. This was then transferred to a full sided game which everyone enjoyed.

Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, said: “Redesigning community spaces to get more value out of them will be crucial for Bristol in future so I’m pleased to see this approach is already in action in Lockleaze. 

“This is a great success story for the local community, especially in our year as the European City of Sport.”

Lauren Gibbons added: “The girls had a fantastic day.”