Work begins on new sports facilities at Redmaids’ High School

The first stage of development will be the installation of a hockey pitch, with future facilities to include a sports pavilion, netball courts and athletics provision

Work is underway on new sports facilities at the oldest surviving girls’ school in the country.

The first stage of development will see Redmaids’ High School install an International Hockey Federation-standard pitch, slated to be ready for use at the start of the coming academic year.

Although the school bought The Lawns site at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, back in 2017, plans on how to best utilise it have only recently been pulled into focus.

“After a year that has asked much from all members of our community, and seen us pause and reflect on the best way to realise our ambitions with this project, we are excited to be able to look to the horizon,” said school head, Paul Dwyer.

The site is also set to include a new sports pavilion, netball courts and a variety of athletics provision.

“These kinds of facilities will benefit all students across the junior, senior and sixth form at Redmaids’ High for many years to come,” added Dwyer.

Project partners include Verde Recreo, a local firm of specialists in sports design and construction, and O’LearyGoss Architects, which refurbished nearby Clevedon Pier.

“After getting to know the school, we are delighted to have assisted in bringing this project to life,” said James Jenkins, director of Verde Recreo. “We can’t wait to see the next generation grow and develop on this superb facility”.

Redmaids’ High is keen to highlight ongoing community involvement with the site. Cribbs FC continue to use The Lawns as their home ground, while the Cribbs Sports and Social Club charity is also remaining in situ.

“This is a fantastic development for the students of Redmaids’ High, as well as for the wider community,” said the school’s director of sport, Claire Maggs.

“Sport at the school has been going from strength to strength, and this incredible ground will enable greater access to sport for all our student body.”

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