Kindness shown after break-ins at sports centre

Published on: 03 Dec 2015

A CHILDREN’S football manager has to come to the rescue of a community sports centre which has been plagued by a spate of break-ins.
Vincent Palmer manages Mangotsfield Juniors Under 10 Colts who train at Pomphrey Hill Community Sports Association, a registered charity.
When he heard that the sports centre had been broken into three times in the past six months, with rogues leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, he decided to pitch in.
Vincent, who is a service manager for facilities management company Cofely, used his contacts in the building industry to garner enough support to hold a charity make-over day at the sports centre.
“I’m one of the trustees at Pomphrey Hill so I’m quite heavily involved there,” said Vincent.
“There have been three break-ins in the last six months which has cost the charity the best part of £12,000. The people who broke created mayhem. They smashed windows, stole over £1,000 and ruined the office. The charity just didn’t have the funds to pay for the everyday maintenance issues which is why we stepped in to assist.
“A lot of local companies donated money, parts and labour to help the centre. It wasn’t in a really poor state but it was looking noticeably tired. If you walked in there you might wonder what had been done but it was little things that needed doing like repairing the toilets, replacing broken patio slabs and cleaning all the lights so there weren’t any flies in them! Even something like the lights took hours as they all had to be taken down, cleaned and put back up again. Most things were ‘behind the scenes’ but they keep the club operational as well as clean and tidy.”
Companies who supported the charity day included John West Contractors which donated a carpenter for the day who repaired fire doors, the gates and a bin store; Plant Care which donated mulch and tidied up plants trees and shrubs; Jewsons which donated patio slabs and building materials; Yesss Electrical which donated electrical equipment; Cofely which donated plumbing materials, signage and labour; and Green Compliance which donated time and a water audit.
“It looks much fresher and cleaner now,” said Vincent.
“It’s phenomenal what a difference you can make to a community place when a few people club together.”
Pomphrey Hill, a 4.4 acre site, is home to various football clubs and Downend Amateur Boxing Club and hosts community classes, slimming groups, parties and conferences in its pavilion. It also boasts a cricket square, bar area, changing rooms and food making facilities, and is home to the popular Pomphrey Hill 5k park run.
Vincent said: “Without Pomphrey Hill there would be lots of community groups and sports groups which would struggle to find another home. It’s a great little hub but isn’t as well known as other places. People know Cleeve Rugby Club and although Pomphrey Hill is next door, it isn’t as well known. We’d like local people to know what it is and what it can offer the community. It’s a great place to be and have fun.”
If you would like to find out more about what’s going on at Pomphrey Hill, visit www.pomphreyhill.btck.co.uk or call 0117 956 3340.

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