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Changes to 'dual use' sports facilities

Sports facilities at Downend School, Patchway Community College and Brimsham Green School/Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) were made available for local people to use outside school hours (an arrangement known as ‘dual use’) through an agreement between South Gloucestershire Council and the schools. Yate Town Council is also involved as a landowner of part of the YOSC site.

We had a contract with Circadian Trust (who also operate the South Gloucestershire Leisure Centres), to manage these facilities outside school hours on our behalf with the cost of maintenance being funded by the council. This contract expired in October 2015.

As part of the council’s £40m savings plan, agreed in 2014, the council decided to cease funding the centres (saving £293,000 per year) and work with local partners to ensure that the savings from these centres don’t come at the expense of opportunities for local people to participate in sport.

Successful negotiations have taken place for all three centres and while we are finalising the details for a full handover to Yate Town Council for YOSC, we are grateful for the positive response we have had from the centres in working with the Council to ensure there is no loss of facilities to the community. As part of the handover arrangements the council has allocated £664,000 to support the replacement of all-weather pitches and tracks when the time comes for the facilities to be replaced, to ensure the facilities are developed and maintained so the centres can be self-sufficient.

Who has taken over the facilities?

Downend School and Patchway Community Colleges have taken over the management of the facilities on their school sites and will continue to work with the Circadian Trust who already operate the centres. Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) has been taken on by a partnership between Yate Town Council and a new charitable organisation YOSC Ltd, with the sports facilities located in Brimsham Green School being taken on by the school.


Downend Sports Centre, Downend School, is open evenings and weekends and offers the following facilities:

  • 4-Badminton Court Main Sports Hall
  • Astroturf Pitch for Football and Hockey (with Flood Lights)
  • 2 Hardcourt 5-a-side Courts (1 with Flood Lights)
  • 6 x Outdoor Tennis Courts (3 with Flood Lights)
  • 3 x Netball Courts (with Flood Lights)
  • 3 x Cricket Nets

For more information visit the website:

Patchway Sports Centre, Patchway Community College is open evenings and weekends and offers the following:

  • Studio Cycling
  • 4-Badminton Court Main Sports Hall and squash courts
  • Meeting Room
  • Cricket Field
  • Gym
  • Outdoor Rugby Pitch, football and hockey pitches
  • Tennis Court
  • Boxing Gym
  • 3 x Cricket Nets

For more information:

Yate Outdoor Sports Centre provides:

  • Athletics Arena (including Athletics Track with field event facilities) with Floodlighting
  • Cricket Field
  • 6 x Outdoor Tennis Courts/Netball Court Area (Part Flood lighting)
  • Outdoor Football Pitches
  • All weather outdoor full size hockey pitch (with flood lighting)
  • Changing Facilities
  • Club House with Bar
  • 3 x Cricket Nets

For more information contact 01454 228957.

Brimsham School Sports Hall provides:

  • 4 badminton court size suitable for a range of sports including five-a-side football, indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, indoor cricket, table tennis and more.
  • A dance studio is also available for hire, with a sprung floor and air conditioning.

For more information contact the school on: 01454 868888

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