Young footballers waiting for a pitch

March 28 2014

BISHOPSTON councillor David Willingham has won Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s backing for his campaign to give local youngsters access to nine-a-side football pitches.

BISHOPSTON councillor David Willingham has won Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s backing for his campaign to give local youngsters access to nine-a-side football pitches.
Cllr Willingham is supporting the children and parents of Ashley Down football club, who want the council to confirm somewhere they will be able to play in time for the 2014/15 season.
He fears the club’s future might otherwise be in jeopardy.
Cllr Willingham is calling on the council to mark-up a pitch at the Muller Road recreation ground or on Wellington Hill playing field for the under-12s team.
He said: "Youth sport provision is essential in delivering better outcomes for our city’s children, and it is vital that the council ensures adequate provision of sports pitches, and looks at innovative ways to deliver this, such as double marking.
"As far as I am aware, Bristol City Council have not yet offered any options for a local nine-a-side pitch for the 2014/15 season, which puts this club’s future in jeopardy."
Daniel Brooks, coach of the Ashley Down team, said: "We are trying to build up a local football club here, and I don’t want to be the one to break the bad news to the kids that they cannot play next season as there is no space in their local community for sport."
Mayor, George Ferguson, told Councillor Willingham at a recent meeting he would do all he could to help.