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Youth Activities in St George and nearby

Here’s the programme of FREE youth sports in Hillfields and Speedwell from April to July.

Sports poster 2015

Where they are:

Hillfields Youth Hub :  Hillfields Youth Centre, Thickett Avenue, Bristol BS16 4EH.  More details of what’s on offer at the Hub.

Meadowvale Playing Fields: Behind Meadow Vale Community Centre, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, Bristol , BS5 7RF

Studio 5 – 20 Old School House, Britannia Rd, Bristol, BS15 8DB

Barts Rugby: Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Avon, Bristol, BS15 1NS.

Other youth activities:

St George Table Tennis Club_flyer

Fancy a game of tennis?

St George Park Lakeview Tennis Club rents out courts at £5 an hour.  Just ring 07526 009211 before 3pm on a Friday to make your booking.  There is coaching every day from 2pm Monday-Friday and matches for the better players on Saturday and Sunday.  The club says “We are a friendly club and open to everyone.  We also have a small clubhouse if you would like a tea or coffee; we run everything ourselves.”   They have both adult and youth coaches.

Other things to do

A whole range of other activities for young people can be seen here.

Please let us know of any we’ve missed.

Activities for 8-13 year olds in St George

Every Tuesdaystudio 5 youth night flyer

Studio 5 Youth Night tonight at the Kingswood Estate! 6pm-8pm in Studio 5 & Westcott. Lots to do and get involved with, plus it’s free entry! Want to find out more? Check out the flyer or contact CYN on 0117 947 7948. Creative Youth Network.



Every WednesdNEW PLAYRANGERS 2014ay

3.30pm-5.30pm meet by St George Park  Lake.  Outdoor activities for 8-13’s provided by the Bristol Youth Links Playranger team and their Playranger van.

Every Thursday

3.30pm-5.30pm at the Nursery Park, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, BS5 7RF.

Outdoor activities for 8-13’s provided by the Bristol Youth Links Playranger team and their Playranger van.


  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Tree climbing
  • Swings and hammocks
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports

Under 8’s welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult or older sibling (over 13)

Activities can be messy so it is recommended that children come wearing suitable clothing.

All activities are FREE and open to all. bristolplaybus.org

Cubs ( 8-10 years) and Scouts (10-14 years)

Cubs meet on Wednesdays in Whitehall, Scouts on Thursdays.  Find out more on www.32nd.info/cubs and www.32nd.info/scouts.

The 17th Bristol Scouts meet at St Michael’s Church on Two Mile Hill.  More on 17thbristolscouts.co.uk about their cub and scout groups.

The 159th Bristol Scouts meet at St Aidan’s Church Hall on Fir Tree Lane.  Please let us have contact details to add to this page.

Brownies (7-10 years)

Find out more about the 74th (St Aidan’s) Brownies on www.staidansbristol.co.uk/brownies.

Brownies also meet at the Wesley Memorial Church on Bryants Hill.  Please let us have contact details to add to this page.


Activities for 11-19 year olds

Streetgames Bristol are putting on outdoor community sports activities in St George throughout the summer starting next week. There will be sessions on Tuesday evenings at St George Park (6.15 -8.00) and on Thursday afternoons at Meadow Vale (4.30 – 5.45).

There are also sesssions nearby at East Park Open Space (Tues 4.30 -5.45) and Oldbury Court (Thurs 6.15 -8.00)

Qualified coaches will be on hand and the sessions are free! No need to book, just turn up and have fun.

You can find out more about Streetgames Bristol on their website at www.bristol.gov.uk/streetgames or on facebook.

Contact the Streetgames Team on 0791 750 3766 or email darron.hamilton@bristol.gov.uk.


Open Letter to the Mayor about youth provision in St George

Open Letter to the Mayor from St George Neighbourhood Partnership …

Youth Provision in St George

St George Neighbourhood Partnership (N.P) is angered at the significant reduction in youth provision within the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, and the impact that this will have on young people living in St George.

Kingsway Youth Centre was the only ‘open access’ youth club operated by the Council in the St George NP area. Prior to the contracting out of youth services through Bristol Youth Links there were two open access youth sessions per week at the Kingsway Youth Centre.  Implementation of the new contract by Creative Youth Network (the Council’s new contractor for this area) has led to them being forced to close the Youth Centre – although as a temporary measure they were able to provide one open access youth session per month at Kingsway Youth Centre that has now ceased.

Kingsway Youth Centre is owned by the Council and is leased to Creative Youth Network until April 2035.  Under the terms of the lease they use the Centre “for the purpose of delivering social and education services and positive activities for children and young people and the community”.

St George NP  is calling on you as Mayor to urgently review funding for youth work in the St George NP area, and to provide the means whereby the Creative Youth Network (or another provider) can restore open access youth meetings at Kingsway Youth Centre to a minimum of one session per week.  The St George NP is also asking you as Mayor to report back to the Partnership on progress on this important matter.

Grenville Johnson
St George Neighbourhood Partnership
31st May 2013

Initial reply from George Ferguson (via Twitter) …
screen shot of Twitter

St George Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting Rescheduled

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting scheduled for 26 March had to be postponed because only one of the four St George Councillors (Ron Stone) was present. The rules say that in order for both the Partnership and Committee parts of the meeting to be quorate at least two Councillors need to be present. The Council are now going to try and arrange an alternative date.

Unfortunately this means that the groups that applied for wellbeing grants will have to wait a little longer for a decision. It also means that the planned discussion about youth provision in St George has to wait for another day.

The agenda and papers for the meeting which will also apply for the re-arranged date can be seen here.

We will post the revised date on our Meetings Page and on our facebook page & twitter.

Update 30 March 2013:
There is a report on the postponed meeting, highlighting the delay to the allocation of wellbeing funds, in the Weekend edition of ‘The Post’ which can be seen here.

Update 3 April 2013:
The revised date for the meeting is Tuesday 16 April 2013. The updated agenda is available here, and the full papers for the meeting here.

Youth Services in St George

Youth provision in St George will be changing.  Bristol City Council have awarded a contract for the provision of youth services to a consortium called Bristol Youth Links which includes Creative Youth Network.  At the St George Neighbourhood Forum of 12th February 2013, Laura Curl, Marketing Officer of Creative Youth Network read out this statement.

Here is a link to a list of current youth club times that Creative Youth Network are now running as part of Bristol Youth Links in both East and West Bristol:

Councillors, members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, employed and volunteer youth workers  have met with Creative Youth Network to voice concerns about the future of the Kingsway Youth Centre and the future availability of youth workers to support the existing number of open sessions currently supported there.   Since that initial meeting  there has been a further meeting between youth workers and Creative Youth Network.   As more information becomes available this page will be updated

The end of youth services at the Kingsway youth centre?

The Friends of Kingsway Youth are extremely concerned about the forecast loss of youth provision at Kingsway Youth Centre.  They ask that you  SIGN THE PETITION to Bristol City Council.   As I write 543 people have lent their support to the Save Kingsway Youth Centre facebook page.

You might also like to contact local councillors about this – they are Cllr Fabian Breckels (fabian.breckels@bristol.gov.uk,) 0117 353 3371 and Cllr Alex Pearce (alex.pearce@bristol.gov.uk), 0117 353 4711, councillors for St George East.

Here is the background to where we are today:

Since October 2010 the St George Neighbourhood Committee have allocated a total £21, 594 from their Wellbeing Fund (more than the amount they are allocated per year) to the Kingswood Foundation for the Kingsway Youth Centre for:

  • a computer room
  • providing an extra youth night
  • refurbishment and sound insulation
  • match funding to release over £50,000 of funding from a SITA grant.

The grants were made in the expectation that they would be providing a resource for the youth of St George for the future.  The Kingsway Foundation is now the Creative Youth Network, the lead organisation in the consortium that has been awarded the Bristol Youth Links contract by Bristol City Council

The opportunity was given for 4 young people, 2 Councillors and 2 residents from each Neighbourhood Partnership to attend a “Bristol Youth Links Discussion with new providers” on Wednesday 28th November.

Below are the notes of that meeting taken by Abdul Razak Dahir, the Neighbourhood Co-ordinator for St George and Greater Fishponds. These notes were published in the notes of the last meeting of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  Philip Bird and Susan Acton-Campbell attended the “Discussion” as members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and expressed deep concern at the meeting about the removal of provision of youth services at the Kingsway Youth Centre.

Bristol Youth Links Update – note from Abdul Razak Dahir

Stakeholders meeting was organised on Wednesday 28th November 2012, following the announcement that Bristol City Council awarded contracts to deliver the Bristol Youth Links.
Creative Youth Network, formerly known as Kingswood Foundation, is the lead organisation for the consortium awarded to deliver the Bristol Youth Links contract for Bristol East (Greater Fishponds & St George Neighbourhood Partnerships) and Cabot & Clifton Neighbourhood Partnership.
At least 5 young people from Kingsway Youth Centre along with a Senior Youth Worker and two Neighbourhood Partnership members attended the meeting on behalf of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.
Concerns were expressed about the lack of commitment to continue delivering youth provision from the existing Youth Centres including Kingsway Youth Centre and the delivery programme presented at the meeting for the Bristol East area.
Creative Youth Network agreed to meet with the Young People from Kingsway and the Area Co-ordinator to look into addressing the issues raised at the meeting.
The focus of the contract is to target the most disadvantaged young people living in the area in an innovative way. There is no commitment (stipulated into the contract) to takeover existing youth centres and the consortium expressed no interest.
Rose Richards (Bristol City Council Strategic Commissioner) explained she received a lot of interest from the community for the existing Youth Centres. This dialogue will continue and may lead to Community Asset Transfer for some or all of the Youth centres in the Bristol East patch. At present the priority is to transfer across staff and services. The new arrangement is anticipated to begin from 1 February 2013.

Posting from Creative Youth Network on their website

Message from Kieran Coles, Chair of Friends of Kingsway Youth

I am writing to you today to inform you of the planned closure of Kingsway Youth Centre.  Under new provision the centre, which is currently the only city council youth provision in St George East & West is under threat as of the 1st of February 2013.

I would be very grateful if you could take two minutes of your time to sign our online petition: http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/SAVE_KINGSWAY_YOUTH .  As well as this if you could ask any young people and colleagues you work with to sign this petition it will help strengthen our fight to save our valuable youth service.

As well as this, we have a group on facebook where you can leave your views and read the views of others on the youth centre: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/SaveKYC/

Many thanks for your support in advance.

Kind Regards,

Kieran Coles
Friends of Kingsway Youth
Office: 0117 9601793
Email: Chair@friendsofkingswayyouth.org.uk
Postal Address: Friends of Kingsway Youth, c/o The Kingswood Estate, 20 Old School House, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB

photo of outside of Kingsway Youth Centre