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Grants save Yate hockey pitch from closure

The hockey facilities at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex have been saved from closure thanks to a £232,000 project to replace the dilapidated surfaces of the all-weather pitch. 

The new pitch was officially opened by the Mayor of Yate Councillor Karl Tomasin on Saturday 14 September. 

The resurfacing project was made possible thanks to grants of £60,000 from Enovert Community Trust (ECT) and Ibstock Enovert Trust (IET). Further grants were also received from Suez Communities Trust for £50,000 and Sports England for £19,000. The newly-resurfaced All Weather Pitch is available to hire and can be used for matches and training. 

The hockey pitch at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on Broad Lane is a highly used venue, providing year-round facilities for hockey and various other team sports. Due to heavy use over the past decade by various community groups, including Yate Hockey Club and Pucklechurch Ladies Hockey Team, the pitch was desperately in need of replacement. 

Councillor Karl Tomasin, Chair of Yate Town Council, said: “As part of our continuing commitment to maintain, enhance and invest in our local facilities, the resurfacing of the all weather pitch has now been completed. It's a fantastic looking new surface. 

“I hope that our many users will be looking forward to the opportunity to play on, enjoy and experience it now and for many, many years to come. Without the generous funding from ECT and IET, Suez Community Trust and Sports England to provide a new surface for the pitch, the hockey facility may have been forced to close. We are delighted that we can now continue to provide a state-of-the-art resource for the whole community to enjoy.” 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary at Enovert Community Trust and Ibstock Enovert Trust, said: “Yate Outdoor Sports Complex plays an important role in the local area, offering a flood-lit all-weather pitch that can be used for sports all year round. The Trustees of both IET and ECT were delighted to provide these grants towards the resurfacing project, which has helped to avoid the closure of the pitch and ensure that it can continue to serve the community for many years to come.”