YOSC looks to the future as new organisation takes over the popular sports venue

November 29 2015

THE future of Yate Outdoor Sports Complex has been secured after spending cuts had threatened the well used facility.

THE future of Yate Outdoor Sports Complex has been secured after spending cuts had threatened the well used facility.

Negotiations lasting more than a year have resulted in a new charitable organisation being set up to run YOSC, sited next to Brimsham Green School.

The complex is now run by YOSC Ltd, which was established by Yate Town Council and Yate and District Athletic Club to ensure the facilities - from an athletics track to sports pitches - would remain for local clubs.

Until the recent change, made at the start of November, a long-running arrangement meant Brimsham Green pupils made use of YOSC during school hours, while clubs and other users had access at other times. 

Circadian Trust, which runs South Gloucestershire Council’s leisure centres, had managed the facilities outside school hours but its contract expired at the end of October, along with funding for continued community use.

The council, as part of efforts to make savings of £40 million, decided not to renew the contract but wanted to ensure arrangements could be made to allow the dual-use to continue.

Under the agreement, sports facilities located in Brimsham Green School will be taken on by the comprehensive. South Gloucestershire also approved the transfer of more than £134,000 for future maintenance and repairs of YOSC.

The complex boasts a floodlit athletics arena used for track and field events, football pitches, a cricket field and nets, as well as courts for tennis and netball.

There is also an all-weather hockey pitch, changing rooms and a clubhouse with bar.

Meanwhile, a sports hall at the school provides four courts that can be used for such activities as five-a-side football, badminton, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. It also has a dance studio.

YOSC users include national level athletes, disabled athletes, schoolchildren, toddlers and the retired and a major effort was involved in saving the complex for all of them.

Jeremy Dale, vice-chairman of the athletic club, said a work party had already been in action to prepare the centre for the new regime, which involves the not-for-profit company running it on a voluntary basis.

He said: There is a lot to do and the company, run by unpaid directors, will need as much help as possible to make a success of the complex.

“Eventually, when the company has generated an income, the intention is to create a sustainable not-for-profit business with paid work. In the meantime, it is up to us to make it as much of a success as possible.”

He said it was hoped to improve the facilities and offer even more to those who use the complex.