School looks set to take over running of sports centre

Published on: 08 Jun 2015

DOWNEND School looks set to take over the running of Downend Sports Centre in the autumn.
This follows a decision by South Gloucestershire Council not to renew its contract with the Circadian Trust from the end of October as part of budget cuts.
The council and the trust, a leisure operator and social enterprise, say they are in talks with Downend School to finalise arrangements for it to assume control from November.
In a joint statement, they said: “We understand the importance of continuing to deliver community sports facilities at Downend School. Recent conversations between Downend School and Circadian Trust have been positive and we would like to reassure the Downend community that Circadian Trust fully expect to continue operating next year without South Gloucestershire Council’s support. Users are now able to book the facilities for next season with Circadian Trust through the normal methods.”
They stressed that the move to find new ways to run Downend, Yate Outdoor Sports Centre and Patchway Community College Sports Centre, was because of the need to make savings totalling £40 million and was not a reflection on the trust, which had provided excellent service since 2010.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Circadian Trust for all their hard work, which has enabled the community to enjoy sport within community based centres and to lead a healthy lifestyle,” the council said.

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