Registered charity No. 1000436
Batheaston Leisure Association (BLA) is an independent charity which is responsible for administering, improving and extending the sports and recreational facilities in the village. The Trustees are elected by all local residents who attend our Annual General Meetings. It leases from the Parish Council the children’s playground, multi-sports court, the football field and the Rhymes Pavilion.
We receive some financial support from the Parish Council who also employ the Warden who looks after the facilities and arranges bookings. As a charity we are able to raise funds which would not otherwise be available, for improvements and extension to the facilities.
A major refurbishment of the playground was undertaken at the end of 2009, under the Government’s Play Pathfinder initiative, managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council to provide improved play facilities for 8 to 13 year old children. The children themselves were closely involved in the choice of the new facilities which will include a “half pipe” skateboard ramp, an aerial ropeway and a “pod” swing. The old rocking horse was also to be put out to grass and replaced by a younger animal.
Other achievements by the BLA have included:
• Building the Multi Sports courts for tennis, 5 a-side football, and netball
• Floodlighting to the Multi Sports court
The village football pitch had fallen into disuse due to its poor condition and the BLA allowed B&NES Council to use it as a temporary contractors’ compound while major rebuilding works were carried out at the village school in 2010/11. On completion of the school contract B&NES were required to fully refurbish the pitch, installing new drainage and upgrading and re-seeding the surface. It is hoped it will be back in use for competitive football in September 2012
As a volunteer organisation we are always keen to welcome new members to help keep us in touch with the community. This particularly applies to parents of children who use the playground and sports facilities.. Anyone interested please contact Rob Mimmack on 859708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To hire the Rhymes Pavilion or the Multi Sports Court please phone Margaret on 01225 859515