Leisure charity takes up reins at new Somerdale Pavilion as Fry Club relocates

Published on: 04 Sep 2015

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The keys to the new venue built to replace the long-established Fry Club and Conference Centre have been handed to leisure charity Aquaterra.

Now named the Somerdale Pavilion, the handover at the sports and entertainment venue took place last month between Aquaterra, developer Taylor Wimpey and Mondelez International, the owner of the Cadbury brand.

Aquaterra, which formerly ran Keynsham Leisure Centre, will manage the operations and staffing at the centre to cover 15 sports fields for football, cricket, a nine-hole golf course, bowls, netball, tennis, skittles and a range of function rooms, which can be used for events from weddings and birthday parties to conferences and seminars.

The charity is also planning to provide a range of new activities and exercise classes for all ages, including Nordic walking, community days, sport performance sessions, children’s parties and family fun days as well as a health programme.

Antony Kildare, CEO of Aquaterra said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to build on our history of working in the community of Bath and Bristol, this time in partnership with Mondelez International.

“Aquaterra is a not-for-profit organisation, with a big heart to bring to every individual – regardless of their age, background or abilities – an opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing through sport, entertainment and leisure.

“Our surplus is reinvested to help us to deliver activities and programmes that will meet the needs of the local community via
the Keynsham Community Fund.”

Tony Bilsborough at Mondelez International said: “We’re very pleased to appoint Aquaterra. Our primary objective has always been to create a lasting legacy for the local community and we believe that, through the new facilities on site and our partnership with Aquaterra, this will be achieved.

“Aquaterra’s bid for the tender showed an understanding of local needs. We were impressed with their depth of experience in producing inspiring sports programmes and activities that succeeded in bringing the community together.”

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