A complete redevelopment of Yate Outdoor Sports Complex that will 'change sport in our area' will now take place after Yate Town Council completed the appropriate legal documents to take over the site.

The proposed development of the site is due to start on 9th July, meaning that the Relay For Life event on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July will be the last at the complex for the foreseeable future.

Councillor Chris Willmore, the Chair of the Project Steering Group, is 'delighted that the exciting work can go ahead' over the coming weeks.

"This is a wonderful step forward for sport in Yate. It will give us modern athletics facilities that will last a generation" she said.

"It has been designed so para-athletes will have equal access, and includes innovative sports such as target sprint. We thank the volunteers at YOSC who run the facility, Yate Athletics Club, the kind donors and governing bodies who have made this project possible.

"We are delighted that Sodbury & Yate Business Association has adopted YOSC Ltd as their charity of the year, bringing a whole range of local businesses in to helping all the sports at the site, including boxing, football, hockey, rugby and walking football.”

The redevelopment will cost around £850,000 a target that the council and YOSC Ltd have reached thanks to funding and donations.

One donation from an anonymous individual was particularly helpful, something Chris was really quick to praise.

"We are really thankful to all donations. Particularly the one donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, that gave us £50,000. A truly warm-hearted person committed to our town."

You can follow the updates of the development at the site here on the Gazette page.