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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Thursday, September 13th 2018

North Bristol RFC set to open brand new artificial grass pitch

North Bristol RFC are set to open a brand new artificial grass pitch (AGP) at their Almondsbury site this weekend.

The U15s and mens first team are in action on Saturday, while Sunday sees the youth section opening and over three-hundred youth players enjoying the new facilities.

Bristol Bears Community Foundation will be host a Super Sunday, while first team players are in attendance.

North Bristol RFC director David Godfrey said: “Whilst the club has three full size and eight junior pitches, poor weather has recently led to sessions being cancelled.

“We’re really excited to launch the facilities on the weekend. All the events are open to everyone and it is hoped that the local community will come to see the new facilities, meet some of the Bears players, and take part in what should be a fantastic weekend."

David Godfrey, North Bristol RFC director

“Due to the number of players taking part in both midweek training and weekend matches, the grass pitches struggle to cope when the wet weather is at its worst.

“To counter the threat of waterlogged pitches leading to cancelled sessions, North Bristol RFC applied to the RFU to be part of its Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) strategy. Following a long process, the club were chosen to host a full size RFU AGP complete with high performance floodlights.

“The pitch provides a playing surface which meets modern requirements and is a high-quality surface which will benefit both North Bristol RFC and the wider community as local clubs, schools and residents can hire it.

“Not only will games go ahead when the grass pitches are waterlogged, but the amount of rugby which can be scheduled on the AGP means that the grass pitches will receive less wear and the club will be able to keep them in a better condition throughout the season.”

“We’re really excited to launch the facilities on the weekend. All the events are open to everyone and it is hoped that the local community will come to see the new facilities, meet some of the Bears players, and take part in what should be a fantastic weekend.”