Somerset

England footballer opens new Worle community centre

@Worle building work
Image caption Building work started on the new @Worle facility in North Somerset in April 2012

A multi-million pound community sports and day services centre has been officially opened in North Somerset.

The £2.7m council project, known as @Worle, is based at the site of the village's community school in New Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare.

Facilities include full-size artificial pitches for hockey and football, new changing rooms, fitness gym, dance studio and cafe.

England women's goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain opened the centre.

Ms Chamberlain plays for Bristol Academy WFC, signing from Chelsea in October 2010 for her second spell at the club.

Day services for people with learning disabilities will also be provided by the Brandon Trust on behalf of the council.

Work started on the new facility in April 2012 and "was completed on time and on budget in December," according to the council.

At the opening ceremony the building was handed over to the @Worle trust, a not-for-profit organisation which will take over the management of the site.

The trust is currently made up of representatives of Worle Community School, North Somerset Council, the Brandon Trust and the Somerset County Football Association.

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