YMCA Cricket

 A club for the Community

Welcome to Bristol YMCA CC

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports, home of Bristol YMCA CC

Cricket for everyone

Welcome to Golden Hill Sports and Social Club. We are located about 3 miles north of Bristol city centre in a pleasant residential area. The cricket arm of the club is known as Bristol YMCA Cricket Club due to its historical connections with the charity of the same name, however no official links remain.

With two pitches, the 'YM' runs five Saturday senior sides in the Bristol & District Cricket League and have a youth policy which rivals any local club; it is one of the biggest and most successful in the region. In addition the club also puts out a midweek XI playing T20 matches on summer evenings, and an indoor side which competes in the Bristol Indoor Cricket League during the winter months. We run a comprehensive youth programme for boys with opportunities to progress through the sides, along with a successful women's side and a hugely popular girls programme. So we probably have a team to suit your ability, age or gender. Come and join our friendly and welcoming club; membership for adults is £50 and for youth team players £35. Match fees are £10. Click here for details of how to contact us.

Balcony Works - week 1

The principal objective of our fantastically supported Aviva bid is now being realised.

Mark Francis, our club member and builder, started work on Monday 13th February, setting up a site compound in the car park and dismantling the scorebox to allow full access for the works. A large skip arrived on Tuesday with demolition of the balcony following shortly after except for the fire escape which will be retained during the work with props supporting the top section. With the aid of a mini digger the concrete outside the entrance has been broken out along with the footings and a section of the concrete slab under the balcony.

The large upright glulam timbers have been delivered to site and stained. New metal supports have been fabricated, painted and are ready to be concreted in. A cherry picker is now on site to access the edge of the roof to remove the existing timbers and inspect the fixing points.

In addition to the balcony works, the netting work to the garden next to the club house is also underway. Utilising the plant on site, the holes for the netting poles have been dug. These are exciting times everyone and keep an eye out for more updates soon.
Chris Ball

Simon White remains an essential member of the club as both a Vice Chairman and groundsman.
A few weeks ago he advised the Trustees that the gang mowers will need more than just their regular service and sharpening this year, as several of the major elements need replacing. The cost to the club will be in the region or £3000 for parts with labour on top, but as the alternative is either new or second hand ones, which are two or three times this figure, we gave him the go ahead to get the repairs done. These are essential pieces of equipment without which we could not prepare the wickets and outfield. The wicket mower will also be serviced at a cost of £500.
We're grateful to Simon for getting our kit in good shape for the season ahead and for ensuring we're making our funds go further!

The Women's Cricket World Cup is coming with Bristol's Brightside Ground playing 
centre stage. We'll have the final match schedule here once the qualifying matches
have been completed.