BRISTOL Road playing fields in Bridgwater are to be transformed into a sport and leisure complex including a new football stadium which could host a team playing in the top flight of women’s football.
The plans have been revealed today by Bridgwater United FC together with its newly-formed community sports trust.
The pioneering project will provide a joint community and sports trust complex that will feature a dedicated stadium and training facility for the club’s women’s first team and its youth academies.
At nearly 11 acres, the site once held multiple 11-a-side pitches for recreational sport.
The land is currently maintained by Sedgemoor District Council, with the main activity being a dog walking spot. There is housing on two sides with a railway line and a cemetery on the other two.
A spokesperson for Bridgwater United said: “Once inside the complex, people will be greeted by a community park with children’s play areas, activity areas, walking and dog walking routes, picnic areas, an outdoor gym and a mixture of 5-a-side 3G and multi-sport hard-court playing surfaces and community football pitches.
“The newly-built pavilion will provide with toilets, changing rooms, classrooms and a café, providing a safe destination to enjoy leisure and recreational activities for all to enjoy.
“These extraordinary plans will incorporate a state-of-the-art women’s stadium for Bridgwater United FC Women that will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 spectators with a more than adequate parking provision.
“Having a dedicated stadium reaffirms the club’s ambition of competing in the top flight of the women’s football ‘pyramid’ – the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) – and it will become a destination point for football across the region.
“The stadium will also be constructed to allow for expansion should the need arise in the future.
“Both Bridgwater United Community Sports Trust and Bridgwater United Football Club are currently working towards a public consultation in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council with further details to be communicated at the appropriate time.”
Adam Murry, CEO of Bridgwater United FC said: “Sport has this amazing, unique way of making a positive impact in society. Whether it’s helping children, communities or even nations, sport makes a difference on a daily basis.
“Sport and recreation is about helping build stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities. Communities that participate in sport and recreation develop strong social bonds, are safer places and the people who live in them are generally healthier and happier than places where physical activity isn’t a priority.”
Club chairman Bob Buckingham added: “This announcement further reinforces our strong commitment to our community and is another important milestone in what will, I am sure, be an exciting and inspiring journey to our success, both on and off the field.”