Bentham Country Club

The Home Of 5-A-Side Football ... And More!

Update On Planned Closure Of Bentham Country Club


We would just like to update all of our members on the planned closure of Bentham Country Club.  In July 2015, an outline planning application for the redevelopment of Bentham Country Club to include the erection of 39 dwellings, associated parking, public open space, landscaping and associated works was submitted.


The length of time to process this application and reach a decision reflects the complex nature of the planning process, especially with many stakeholders involved.  There are many agreements that have to be met as part of the planning process.   The majority of these have now been met.  For example:


  • Education & Libraries contribution agreed.
  • Affordable housing contribution agreed.
  • Glos. Highways agreed.
  • New 4 court netball dome including playing surface at Millbrook School site agreed and application has Sport England’s backing. 


We currently are waiting for confirmation of a date for when the planning committee is undertaking their site visit.  Once completed, we will then be given a date for when the application goes before committee.  After all the hard work we would hope the application will be put forward for recommendation.  Following a favourable decision, a period of time will then be required for the legal matters to be carried out between relevant stakeholders.


In the meantime, Bentham Country Club will continue to remain open and we would like to thank you for your continued custom and understanding.  As soon as there are any more significant updates we will communicate this to our members.



Kind regards


Tony Markham     

Bentham Country Club



Below are some frequently asked questions.  If your question still remains unanswered please contact Bentham Country Club on 01452 864157 - thank you.

How do I enter a 5-a-side team into the Leagues?

What sports does Bentham provide and how much does it cost to hire?

How Do I Make A Booking?

How Do I Get To Bentham Country Club?

How do I enter a 5-a-side team into the Leagues?

5-A-Side Application Form here

Bentham Country Club operates 5-a-side Leagues playing Sunday through to Thursday.  Any team interested in entering the League should complete the Application Form above and return it to Bentham Country Club.  Bentham will then contact the Captain listed informing them of the earliest opportunity to join the League.     


What sports does Bentham provide and how much does it cost to hire?

Effective From 1st September 2014.  Last increase 1st Jan 2011.

Football Dome - Astro (Rubber Crumb) Court

Ideal for - 5-A-Side Football, General Training.

Size: 16m x 35m  No. Of Courts = 2



Football Dome - Traditional (Hard Standing) Court

Ideal for - 5-A-Side Football, General Training, Netball, Tennis

Size: 17m x 37m  No. Of Courts = 2



Netball Dome - Court

Ideal for - 7-A-Side Football, General Training, Hockey, Netball (2courts), Miscellaneous use -e.g. hired by various clubs and associations such as Gloucester Model Flying Club.

Size: 40m x 40m  No. Of Courts = 1 (2xNetball)


Outdoor Courts

Netball (3 courts), General Training, Tennis

Sports Tariff - Effective From 1st September 2014.  (last increase 1st Jan 2011)


 Football Dome (Dome 1) Standard Price Block Booking Price*
 Astro Turf Court:                                                                                
 5-a-Side Football £35.00 £31.00
 School Rate (mon-fri daytime) £18.00 Not applicable
 Traditional Court:  
 5-a-Side Football £31.00                  £27.00
 Tennis £13.00  Not applicable
 Netball £32.00 £27.00
 School Rate (mon-fri daytime) £18.00 Not applicable
 Netball Dome (Dome 2)  
 7-a-Side Football £37.00 £34.00
 Netball £37.00 £31.00
 Hockey £37.00 £34.00
 School Rate (mon-fri daytime) £22.00 Not applicable
 Netball £9.00 £7.00
 Tennis £8.00 (£7.00 over 65's) Not applicable

* Conditions Of Block Booking Price

In accordance with HMRC VAT regulations, hirers may qualify for the Block Booking Price provided that all the following conditions are met:


1.       The booking series consists of 10 or mores sessions.

2.       Each of these sessions is for the same sport or activity.

3.       The interval between each session is at least one day but no more than 14 days.

4.       There is a written contractual agreement that all sessions will be paid for – completion and signing of Booking Agreement Form by a named contact is required.  Payment can be by instalments but as a minimum requirement should be on the day of each session.

5.       The hirer cannot be allowed to cancel any sessions and receive a refund.

6.       The hirer has exclusive use of the court/area specified.

7.       The hirer is a school, a registered club, or an association representing affiliated clubs or constituent associations.  A group of individuals can be treated as clubs provided that they conduct their affairs in the same manner.  This would mean entering into a formal contractual agreement with Bentham Country Club via Booking Agreement Form, specifying a named contact, collecting subscriptions from members, setting rules e.g. discipline, and so forth. 


Important – Please note all of the above conditions must be complied with to qualify for the block booking price otherwise the standard price will become due for the entire series of bookings as per HMRC regulations.


 1Sports Tariff.doc



How Do I Make A Booking?

We welcome bookings for our facilities from existing league members, individuals, clubs or associations or groups of friends.  Ideal for training/practice sessions, company/corporate events.

Casual Bookings

Casual bookings may be made either in person or by telephone, during office opening hours.  The courts can be booked by telephoning 01452 864157 or visiting the club during office hours.

You will be asked for a contact name and telephone number.

Payment is required upon arrival but prior to commencement of Booking either by Cash, Cheque, Credit or Debit Card.

Block Bookings/ Multiple Bookings

You will need to complete the 'Sports Booking Agreement & Booking Form' below, and adhere to the relevant Terms and Conditions.

1Sports Booking Agreement & Booking Form.doc


Tournaments make a great day out for Companies, Clubs, Incentives and Special Occasions. 

We have Staff specifically dedicated to organising Tournaments who will  recommend a format that best meets your requirements.  Referees, Trophies and Catering can also be arranged.

Call 01452 864157 to discuss your requirements, we will then send you a Booking Form / Conditions Of Hire.   A deposit is normally required for Tournaments.

The Client

The Client is the person named on the "Booking Form".  They will be solely responsible for ensuring that their group/club/association comply with the Terms and Conditions of hire.  The Client is responsible for ensuring that persons (including spectators) will conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner.



How Do I Get To Bentham Country Club?

Exit the M5 at Junction 11A.  Proceed along the A417 to Cirencester for approx  0.75 mile (stay in the left hand lane) and turn off at the first exit.  At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and proceed along the road for approx 0.5 mile.  You will come to a roundabout with a Shell Garage and Cross Hands Pub.  Take the first exit and follow the road for approx 1 mile.  The road narrows into a country lane (don't panic you are still going the right way!).  The entrance to Bentham Country Club will be approx 125 yards on your left.  There is free parking for 150+ cars.

NB - Locals may prefer to use the country lanes off the Shurdington Road to access Bentham Country Club.  The above directions, however, are considered more suitbale for patrons without local knowledge.  

Bentham Country Club, Bentham Lane, Bentham, Gloucestershire, GL3 4UD.  01452 864157.