Sports fans defy the rain
THE official launch of Lyde Green Sports Ground went ahead on a very wet Bank Holiday Sunday.
The pitches and pavilion in Howsmoor Lane, which will be managed by Longwell Green Sports Football Club, was opened by South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage, who said: “I am delighted to officially open these fantastic new sports facilities in Lyde Green because there is a real need across the local area.With Longwell Green Sports AFC you couldn’t have a better community-focussed club taking on the management of the pitches and changing rooms – already there are some 40 players living in Lyde Green who have joined the club and more came forward on the open day.
"As the ward councillor for Longwell Green, I’ve seen their great work in opening up football to all ages, genders and now for the first time a new team for children with disabilities – one of the new clubs in the region to do this. I’m in no doubt that the club will go from strength to strength and that Lyde Green will have a thriving new sports scene."
More than 200 people turned up in spite of the rain to watch exhibition matches by junior teams and a match between Longwell Green veterans and Lyde Green Veterans.
John Gibbs, chairman of Longwell Green Sports AFC, said the club was looking forward to linking with the community in Lyde Green.