Bristol Combination Rugby hold gala dinner at Lockleaze Sports Centre

January 14 2019
Bristol Combination Rugby hold gala dinner at Lockleaze Sports Centre

The Bristol & District Rugby Combination hosted their first Dinner at LSC that was also the inaugural dinner gala event to be held at the centre.

The dinner was held to mark the first few months of successful operation of the Lockleaze Sports Centre and was held in the Facility’s Function Room on the 30th November.

More than 160 people sat down to an excellent dinner prepared by the centre’s caterers JJ Sports Caterers. The dinner was attended by many Combination member clubs along with guests who had been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition. They had achieved this under budget and close to being delivered under on time. Other guests came from those outside the rugby fraternity who are using the Facility as part of a structured programme to support sport across the community and in local schools.

The Facility is already home to a number of key users including the Combination and local Rugby, incorporating the current user rugby clubs, Ashley Down Old Boys and Bishopston RFC’s, the Combination Senior & Junior Cup Finals & Representative sides, the Schools’ Union, Bristol Bears Community Foundation & the RFU, delivering a range of coaching, outreach and rugby programmes. The University of the West of England have based a large part of their team sports programme at Lockleaze and Bristol Rovers run both their Academy & Community Programmes. Finally, we host local football clubs Shaftesbury Crusaders FC, Lockleaze FC, St James Revolution FC, Downend Flyers (Women’s) FC, as their home ground. The facility continues to build a growing reputation in hosting private functions, events, social events and celebrations events with the people of Lockleaze & Cheswick Village.

The guest speaker was former Bristol, Bath and England fullback , Jonathan Webb and the evening was hosted by former Bath and England winger, David Trick. Jonathan outlined his role in sports injuries prevention and his role on this with World Rugby. Jonathan sits on World Rugby alongside World Rugby President, Bill Beaumont, as the RFU representatives. David ran the show in his own inimitable style telling entertaining stories from his rugby career with a few members of the audience coming in for some friendly banter.

The exciting plans for Phase 2, for which planning permission has already been obtained and for which funds are being sought, were outlined. This will provide a sports hall, a gymnasium and further educational and community facilities. It is anticipated that this will become the centre to help local people enhance, elevate and improve their lives in the areas of social Inclusion, health, sports participation and exercise and education.

Bristol Former Players made a presentation to the Combination for their foresight in providing such a magnificent facility for sport & in particular Rugby. Keith Bonham was made a Combination Vice-president for his 50 years as the auditor and presented with a tankard. The Len Robson Trophy for the individual, who has made a significant contribution to local Rugby, was awarded to David Perkins for a life time of service to rugby in Bristol.

Any booking enquires for functions, events or celebrations please email or telephone 0117 4568955.