YMCA C.C at Golden Hill Sports
The cricket arm of Golden Hill Sports is known as Bristol YMCA Cricket Club due to its historical connections with Bristol YMCA charity, however no official links remain.
The ‘YM’ run five Saturday senior sides in the Bristol & District Cricket League and have a youth policy that rivals any local club – making it one of the biggest and most successful in the region. In addition the club also operates a Midweek Eleven that plays Twenty20 matches on summer evenings and an indoor team that competes in the Bristol Indoor Cricket League during the winter months.
A Cricket Club for all the Community
YMCA has played a large part in the local community for nearly a century and many charity events have been held at Golden Hill over the years. As well as the cricket club, many other local amateur sports clubs have taken advantage of the facilities in order to raise vital funds for good causes. Occasionally the ground has played host to professional teams, the most memorable of which were the YMCA benefit matches against a Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Eleven and a Bristol Rovers Football Club Eleven.It is estimated that, during the clubs 125-year existence, over 6,000 senior and youth cricketers have represented the YMCA in over thousands of cricket games and many former members still live in the area to this day. Indeed, one of the cricket club’s most well respected former players was the first team captain from the mid fifties, Rev. David Johnson who, at 87, still takes an interest in the teams progress on Saturdays.
Golden Hill today
The club has now been renamed as Golden Hill Sports and now also includes a football set-up which operates a team is the Bristol & Suburban League as well as a number of youth sides. The cricket club remains one of the city’s biggest clubs and is one of the only clubs to field four league teams on Saturdays. The club also has one of the best youth development projects in local cricket so the future looks positive for everyone connected to the famous old team.
After becoming a registered charity in 2007, the club completed the purchase of Golden Hill Sports ground in April 2008. Financial support from club members, local residents and grant agencies enabled the club to reach the £230,000 required to purchase the ground thus ensuring that it will be used in perpetuity for community sports.
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