Birmingham City Council are seriously considering selling the lease for Holders Lane Playing Fields, and in so doing snatching the site from under the noses of Kingsbridge and its community partners. Don’t stand back and let this travesty happen- sign the petition which will be handed to the Council on the 3rd April. Please encourage as many of your friends and family to sign it as well.
In the last 20 years 5,000 Playing Fields have been sold across the country. Here in Birmingham within the last 10 years the Birmingham Sports Centre site in Highgate, with its full-sized astro-turf pitch was sold for Retail. Nearby a few years later a large section of Billesley Common Land (Public Open Space) was sold to Moseley Rugby Club, now Birmingham City Council are seriously thinking of selling the lease of Holders Lane Playing Fields (adjacent to Cannon Hill Park, Moseley/Kings Heath) to a large commercial organisation with aspirations to redevelop the site for their own purpose. Meanwhile more than 30 local community sports clubs are without a home ground and the community is crying out for more rather than less facilities for people to come together to enjoy playing and watching sport. Kingsbridge has been working with the Council for more than 4 years developing a feasible, sustainable and community led alternative for the site based on the principles of Community Asset Transfer. During this time Kingsbridge have invested over £44K of public funds, and an equivalent of more than £40K in volunteer hours. Despite these efforts, Birmingham City Council are now minded to adopt a procurement procedure to dispose of the site- a process that will almost certainly disadvantage a genuine community based group such as Kingsbridge.
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Our amazing team of 9 runners all completed the Bupa Great Run on Sunday with a combined total time of 18:16:32 – which averages out at around 2 hours– and a fastest of 1:30:39 (which is very fast!)
Everyone worked really hard over the last few months to get to the finish line and a huge thanks go to all the team and to all our supporters. Thank you and well done to EVERYONE for all your hard work and commitment.
So far the team has raised over £2500 for Kingsbridge.
Remember it’s not too late to sponsor a team member and a reward is (almost) as good as an incentive.
Simply click on https://www.justgiving.com/teams/kingsbridge and choose one of the team.Read More
Over the last 3 years Kingsbridge Community Sports has received the support of many people, and now the list includes football legend Cyrille Regis, MBE. The former England, Aston Villa, West Brom, Wolves and Coventry footballer, who recently published his first book ‘My Story’ is seen by many as the first ‘black icon’ in football. Cyrille was recently shown the Holders Lane site by James Lynch and Mohammed Shafique, two of the Kingsbridge’s Directors. This was what he said:
“I am impressed with the fantastic work that Kingsbridge has been doing in engaging with local communities and in developing plans to transform the Holders Lane site into a dynamic sporting venue for the benefit of local people. This kind of project is very close to my heart as it will provide much improved facilities for grass-roots sports clubs and will increase participation in sport in the South Birmingham area. I wish Kingsbridge every success in their endeavours.”
Kingsbridge is awaiting confirmation from Birmingham City Council that the Leasehold of the site will be transferred into community ownership. Once confirmation is received, Kingsbridge will be able to start the main capital fund raising, and the transformation of the site will begin.Read More
The West of England Sports Trust (WESPORT) reports:
Hundreds of sports playing fields across the country will be protected and improved thanks to a £10 million National Lottery fund launched today by Sport England and the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP.
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Riverside – one of the Kingsbridge partners – has helped train a team of FA Coaches as part of its Community Coaching scheme. Riverside has channelled financial support from its primary sponsor The Jericho Foundation and from a grant from Sports Relief to enable ten of its club members to gain at least one FA credited coaching qualification.
The highest qualified member of the team is Dave Healy (centre) who has FA Level 3 & Level 1 Goalkeeping. There are now four FA Level 2 Coaches: Will Weaver, Christian Muneyi-Cargill (far left), Tom Holt and James Lynch (far right); and five FA Level 1 Coaches: Mike Parkes (left of centre), Clark Roberts, Dan Galante, George Kingsley (right of centre) and Nik Deeming. All of the Coaching team have been involved at some point in Real Riverside’s adult training programme and Mike, Dave and James are currently involved in other community coaching events.
Kingsbridge believes in encouraging participation in sports like football at grass-roots level and intends to establish additional programmes of sports coaching once it has the appropriate facilities and venue to do so.Read More