Posts Tagged ‘football’

Footballers wear it pink in charity match

Posted on Monday 29th October 2012 at 10:20 am by SH (Editor)

Members of the Merlin Housing Society team.

A South Gloucestershire housing association football team has given 110% in its efforts to support cancer charities.

Merlin Housing Society staff took to the football pitch in a pink kit to mark Breast Cancer Research’s Wear it Pink day. They were playing against fellow housing association Curo in a charity football match to raise money for a number of cancer charities, including the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

And the team were certainly in the pink by the end of the match, coming out 10-0 winners.

Team manager Ricky Gray said:

“The match was in aid of some really good causes and we were delighted to be involved. Cancer affects so many people in one way or another so we wanted to do our bit.”

“And the pink kit paid off! We couldn’t miss each other out there on the pitch. It was a great game and all the team are talking about when we can do it again.”

Earlier in the day, staff from the Chipping Sodbury-based organisation raised £215 by wearing pink shirts, wigs, and even an adult-sized baby suit.

Source: Merlin Housing Society


UWE stadium plans given guarded welcome in South Glos

Posted on Wednesday 15th June 2011 at 8:31 am by SH (Editor)

Bristol Rovers’ plan to build a new 20,000 seat stadium on land owned by the University of the West of England (UWE) have received a guarded welcome in South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire Council issued the following statement:

“The Council welcomes, in principle, proposals for a new sports stadium to be built in this area which would bring a range of benefits to South Gloucestershire residents and the wider community. The Council has long-held an aspiration for a stadium to be built in the district and a need has been identified in the South Gloucestershire Local Plan and the council’s emerging Core Strategy; key planning documents which set out the long-term development vision for the area. The Council is pleased that the football club is committed to consulting with the local community before submitting a planning application and any application will be considered taking account of national and local policies and any issues raised locally.”

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke said:

“Broadly I welcome today’s news. I believe that the new stadium will be welcomed and supported by many people and it seems to be a great opportunity for our local area. The location itself, on the UWE campus, is a good choice but I do have concerns about the local infrastructure’s ability to cope with additional pressures but this could be improved with the proposed rapid transport scheme.”



Police help community goal (Kingswood)

Posted on Monday 12th April 2010 at 7:23 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire police have helped to fund a free football skills session for young people in Kingswood.

The two-hour session for up to 50 youngsters has been organised by the Kings Meadow Community Flats committee.

Committee member Chris Ray said: “Without the funding from the police and the free use of Kingswood Leisure Centre thanks to South Gloucestershire Leisure this could not have happened. If this taster session proves popular we’ll try to run some more.”

The £100 police contribution has covered the cost of two football coaches to run the session between 7 and 9pm on Friday April 16 2010 at Kingswood Leisure Centre.

It is open to any young person from the age of eight from the Kings Meadow area to just turn up on the night.

Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer Nick Pearce said: “We are happy to support this sort of community event, and the neighbourhood team will be at the leisure centre on the night.

“It’s a really positive way for us to get to know young people and their parents. Young people are part of the community too, and we need to make sure we understand their concerns.”

The neighbourhood team can be contacted at Staple Hill Police Station on 0845 456 7000 or by e-mailing

Source: Avon and Somerset Police