New changing rooms open at Muller Road recreation ground

February 23 2018

Students from Fairfield High School (FHS) took part in the official opening of the new changing rooms at Muller Road recreation ground on February 5.

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Students from Fairfield High School (FHS) took part in the official opening of the new changing rooms at Muller Road recreation ground on February 5. 

FHS students are among those to benefit from the new facility as will local community groups and sports teams.

Jordan Goodchild, Head of PE and Performing Arts at FHS said: “Two years ago we didn’t have a site to play outside sports on. We identified this as a site that we’d like to use but the changing facilities couldn’t accommodate our needs and the fields were full of undulations because they were built on rubble from the World War.”

All the site at Muller Road has now been levelled to meet FA standards for youth football. There were nine changing rooms, all of different sizes, before the work began. Now, there are four changing rooms, each with a toilet and shower room, two referee changing rooms and a kitchenette to provide drinks when the youth teams are playing.

“It’s going to make a massive difference to the school,” added Jordan Goodchild.

“ We can now park the coach outside and have the pupils come straight in to get changed, leave all our equipment here on site, and we can host visiting teams.

“The fields will be the best in Bristol because they are fully developed and with good drainage so they will always be playable.”

The project is a joint venture with Bristol City Council and has taken two years in total from start to finish. The plan is for FHS to use the facilities during weekdays and for the local community to use it on evenings and weekends.

Eleanor Combley, councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down said: “These fields have been used casually by the community who live around them for many years. 

“When the school first suggested using them as school fields there were a number of people who were nervous about losing free open green space but the way the project’s been done they’ve been very careful to make sure that there is access to the fields while the work has been going on. 

“People have still been able to walk their dogs on the lower fields and the kids have still been able to come out and play throughout the works.”