The Recreation Ground is on the north side of Bratton, on Trowbridge Road. It is owned by Bratton Parish Council but run and maintained voluntarily by a committee and a team of villagers.
The Ground has been regularly developed since its inception in 1998 and now provides a wide range of facilities:
A full size football pitch; this is currently used as the home pitch for Trowbridge Town Supporters FC on Sundays.
A youth football pitch; this is the home pitch for Trowbridge Town FC Youth Under 12 teams on Sundays.
A cricket square with 6 wickets; this is currently the home pitch for Bratton CC (on Sundays), and Westbury CC 3rd XI (on Saturdays) and Trowbridge A XI (on Saturdays). The square is regularly rated as one of the best in Wiltshire.
A trim trail; this is an outdoor exercise area around the edge of the Ground, with apparatus for exercises such as press-ups, straddle jumps, sit-ups, monkey bars, chin ups, vaults and pole climbs. Use of the trim trail is free of charge.
A single basketball net and tarmacked area.
A pavilion with changing rooms, showers, a brand new fully-equipped kitchen (Dec 2011) and a team room for social use, and storerooms.
A half-pipe ramp for skate boarding.
As well as use by the football and cricket teams, the Ground and pavilion are regularly used by Bratton’s youth groups and by individuals.
In 2016 we extended the pavilion by building a team room. This is adjacent to the kitchen and provides facilities for teams and supporters to sit down and take refreshments, and for organisations and families to hold social events.
We regularly receive grants from Westbury Area Board to help us to maintain and improve the Ground, the buildings and the maintenance equipment. Recently this has included building the team room and installing new showers and the skate-boarding ramp. Wiltshire Community Foundation also awarded us a grant towards the cost of the team room.
There is space for regular use by one more football club. The Ground is normally available for hire for individual matches. It is also available for hire for organised small social and entertainment events, although loud noise and camping are prohibited.
The Ground is available 24/7 for informal use by Bratton villagers at no cost.
However, dog walking is discouraged. If dogs do run onto the Ground please ensure that any mess is cleared up immediately as this would be unhygienic for anyone playing sports or games.