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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 £40. Match fees are £10.00/£5.00. Click here for details of how to contact us.

Golden Hill Sports – a Success Story after 10 years!

  • A quiet cricket club was a risk of losing its cricket field after 102 years of occupation.  The owner, Bristol YMCA, had a pension deficit and with just one asset left the cricket ground had to be sold. 
  • Bristol YMCA was keen for the cricket club to purchase the field and continue its good work of encouraging participation in sport.
  • A committed group of cricketers set up a ground purchase committee and went about the daunting task of setting up a new company (Golden Hill Sport), registering for charitable status and of course a huge about of fund raising.  
  • The fund raising started off with a Sponsored Walk from the ground to Gloucestershire County Ground where we met a number of the players; this kick started the whole campaign.
  • We engaged with the local community, the schools, local churches, The Henleaze Society, Westbury on Trym Society, MP’s, Bristol City Council, other sports clubs (not just Cricket Clubs) and received tremendous support.  Some 270 residents and players provided contributions.   
  • We applied for numerous grants and funds were successfully obtained from the Football Foundation, Fields in Trust, Biffaward and Ibstock.
  • Finally our 10-year business plan secured us the remaining funds via an interest free loan from the English Cricket Board.
  • The final installment of this loan was repaid to the ECB in August 2017 and Richard Dawson, the current Gloucester CC Coach, received the BIG cheque on their behalf at this year's Party in the Park.
  • The sports ground now has a secure future and can only be used as a sports field.

Bristol YMCA lift the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy!

FIFTEEN-year-old Cyrus Shafi turned in a tremendous man-of-the-match display to help Bristol YMCA overpower Westbury-on-Severn by five wickets to lift the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy at Cheltenham.

The all-rounder, a member of the Gloucestershire Under-15 squad, began the day with a burst of 6-14 from eight overs of left-arm spin as Westbury, who lost the toss, were bowled out for 125.

And Cyrus then followed up with an unbeaten 41, sharing a crucial stand of 61 with skipper John Colley (33) to help steer his side over the line after they had appeared to be rocking at 18-3 and then 49-4 as Jon Hargreaves (3-21 from eight) made early inroads.

Earlier, Westbury were in the driving seat after forging their way to 73-1 with opener Dan Anderson hitting 39 before Cyrus and 16-year-old Jack Edwards (3-28 from seven overs of leg spin) combined to spark a remarkable collapse, backed up by some fine fielding.

 

Here's a link to the Play Cricket website; http://bristolymca.play-cricket.com/ 

Our fantastic completed balcony gives the clubhouse a new lease of life!

And the opportunity to honour one of our longest serving members.

On 17th June, a special celebration took place to officially name the clubhouse the Keith Milsom Pavillion. Surrounded by players past and present and three generations of his family, Keith was rightly honoured in his 50th year with the club.
In his typical humble fashion, Keith told the Evening Post that he thought the club might name a bin after him, due to his habit of tidying up after everyone.

We're pleased to say that Keith continues to accumulate runs on the pitch and to earn respect from everyone associated with the club. He's a YM legend who sets a shining example of what a true club member should be.

 

 

A huge thank you to those who turned out to support Action Force Day. A good deal of excellent work was done to prepare the ground for the season which is now fast approaching. Here's a gallery of the workers.