@Worle in Safe Hands in Weston-super-Mare
By JCLPhotography | Friday, January 25, 2013, 16:10
OPENING OF @WORLE IN SAFE
Chairman of N Somerset Council Terry Porter tries to beat England women's goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain ©JCLPhotography
The official opening of the
new community sports and day services facilities on the Worle Community School
site in Weston-super-Mare is in safe hands.
England women's goalkeeper
Siobhan Chamberlain joined the Chairman of North Somerset Council, Cllr Terry
Porter, at the opening on Friday January 25.
The council's £2.7m project,
known as @Worle, combines community sports facilities with day services for
people with learning disabilities provided by the Brandon Trust on behalf of the
- fitness suite
- dance studio
- 3G full-size football artificial turf
pitch with floodlighting
- a sand-based artificial turf pitch for
- multi-purpose rooms
- indoor and outdoor changing
- fully accessible toilet/changing
Banwell Pottery, also run by
Brandon Trust, and the council's community meals service have also relocated to
the new building.
The fitness gym, dance studio and café
are available for use by the community during the daytime, evenings and
weekends. The artificial turf pitches and the multi-purpose rooms are also
available, evenings and weekends.
The building work, carried
out by Willmott Dixon, started in April last year and was completed on time and
on budget in December.
The facility opened to the
public earlier this month and is already being well used with over 100 members
of the fitness gym and more than 20 teams/clubs using the 3G artificial turf
At Friday's opening the
facilities were handed over to the @Worle trust, a not-for-profit
organisation who will take over the management of @Worle. The trust is currently
made up of representatives of Worle School, North Somerset Council, the Brandon
Trust and the Somerset County Football Association.
The trust has already applied
to Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund for funding to provide four floodlit
netball/tennis courts behind the new building.
"This innovative approach to
providing much-needed community facilities shows how services can continue to be
delivered and improved at a time of huge financial challenge for the council,"
said Cllr Felicity Baker, executive member for community
For a full range of photographs of the event & the facilities available click here to see the gallery by N Somerset photographer Jeremy Long