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Government Minister visits West Bridgford Colts in Regatta Way as council and club want ‘mutually beneficial’ future for new school plans

Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport and Tourism and Ruth Edwards MP visited West Bridgford Colts’ Regatta Way ground today.

Concerns had been raised by West Bridgford Colts earlier this year after plans were drawn up by the county council for a new campus-style school development comprising a new Lady Bay Primary School, a brand new third secondary school –  and extra capacity needed for Rushcliffe School is planned for Regatta Way, where the Colts grounds are located.

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A Government minister and Rushcliffe’s MP met with the chair of West Bridgford Colts today ( 14 July ) at the Regatta Way site to discuss how they can move forward together to find a mutually beneficial outcome.

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Ben Bradley MP told The Wire:

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‘I’m a huge sports fan myself, and I very much value the contribution to the community that West Bridgford Colts makes.

‘There is a very pressing need for school places in the area right now, we have to look at sites that we ( Nottinghamshire County Council ) own because the cost of buying sites is prohibitive, but that doesn’t mean that we need to have negative impact on organisations.

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‘We’ve reached out to West Bridgford Colts and talked about the potential sites that we have available on Regatta Way, one one the Colt’s side and one opposite – and said that we will work together on a plan that’s mutually beneficial – we sat down with WB Colts and we have laid out and been open about our needs and requirements, from a schools perspective – and Colts have been open about their future needs too.

‘We want to rebuild trust with them and want to include them properly in our planning process in terms of laying out what schools might look like, how it might fit on the site and what facilities are needed – and having started that process we hope to offer them some certainty about extending the lease which will allow them to move forward with Football Foundation funding and other efforts for improvements that they need.’

‘It’s dragged on for a long time, I was keen to make a decision to engage with them, put that to bed and then move on.’

Peter Stansbury, Chairman of West Bridgford Colts told us:

‘West Bridgford Colts has an important and positive impact on the community, and we need to secure the future of the ground.

‘I’m pleased that the leader of the council wants to move forward together with us and help protect the site for the future.’

Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards said:

‘I would like to thank Peter Stansbury and his team for the amazing work they do for our community and was pleased that the Minister for Sport had the opportunity to see the work of local volunteers first-hand.

‘West Bridgford Colts are truly part of our area’s identity and I am delighted that the council will be working positively with the club so they can continue to go from strength to strength and maintain their reputation as the largest youth football club in the country.’

Cllr Jonathan Wheeler, Rushcliffe Borough Councillor for Gamston North and County Cllr for West Bridgford South said:

‘I am delighted to have the support of the County Council and the Minister for Sport for West Bridgford Colts and the Gamston Cricket Academy.

‘Peter Stansbury and the team work incredibly hard to provide a fantastic facility which is a credit to our community and has supported thousands of local children.

‘To know the support is there to help take the club forward with a new lease is amazing and I look forward to continuing to work with the club.’

West Bridgford Colts operates 123 football teams across all age groups in West Bridgford.

More about West Bridgford Colts here






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