Progress continues in fight to save Yate sports complex for the community

August 01 2015

A MAJOR step has been taken in the campaign to keep Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) open to local clubs.

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A MAJOR step has been taken in the campaign to keep Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) open to local clubs.
Spending cuts had threatened the facility, which is next to Brimsham Green School and made available under a dual-use arrangement to clubs and other users when not needed by pupils.
Circadian Trust, which also runs South Gloucestershire Council’s leisure centres, manages the facilities outside school hours. But its contract runs out at the end of October, along with funding for continued community use.
The council will save money by not renewing the contract but wanted to make new arrangements to allow that use to carry on.
Yate Town Council has been working with Yate and District Athletics Club and other users on a rescue package that will see responsibility transferred to the local community, with progress being made to meet the target of November 1.
At a recent South Gloucestershire communities committee, it was agreed to terminate the funding of community sports provision after October 31 but to approve the transfer of more than £134,000 for future maintenance and repairs of the facility.
A report to the committee said: “Subject to agreement of terms for the proposed leasing arrangement, Yate Town Council has indicated that it will work with Yate Athletics Club with a view to it becoming a community interest company and taking over management of the centre.”
YOSC provides full athletics facilities and has an all-weather surface as well as a club house.
Among users are national level athletes, disabled athletes, schoolchildren, toddlers and the retired.