HRH The Princess Royal Visits YOSC - 08.01.2019

on 09 January 2019. Posted in Council News

On Tuesday 8th January 2019, HRH The Princess Royal was welcomed at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC).

The visit was arranged by Yate Town Council to celebrate the work of the volunteers, who, with the Town Council, have saved and transformed the facility.

HRH The Princess Royal was joined by Edward Gillespie OBE (Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire), Charles Martell (High Sheriff of Gloucestershire), Phil Vickery (Deputy Lord Lieutenant), Councillor John Ford (Mayor of Yate) and Councillor Chris Willmore (chair of the YOSC Liaison and Project Steering Group).  

The party were escorted on an outside tour of the athletics facility by Jeremy Dale (YOSC Ltd and Yate & District Athletics Club).  HRH The Princess Royal watched and met local athletes who participated in track and field events, as well as target sprint competitors who showcased their sport.

The party then entered the main clubhouse where Councillor Chris Willmore, introduced HRH The Princess Royal to various members of the community  including volunteers, users of the facility, elite athletes, Councillors, Yate Town Council Staff and community partners. 

Councillor Willmore formally welcomed HRH The Princess Royal and explained;

Today is about volunteers; the volunteers who run YOSC and all the sports clubs who use it.  But it is more than that - YOSC and this new athletics arena only exists because of volunteers.  Today we mark a milestone in the history of YOSC.  In naming this new facility, we celebrate the work of volunteers.  Many here have served long and hard, but there is a couple who started as parents, became club officers, coaches, judges – Tony and Pat Jefferies.  Tony won the 2017 South West Services to Athletics Award and even carried the Olympic TorchIn using the “Jefferies” name for the athletics arena, it will stand as a permanent reminder to us all of the central role volunteers play in all the sports at YOSC. And the importance for us all to continue to volunteer to keep facilities like this open.”

HRH The Princess Royal was then invited to unveil a plaque to mark the opening of “The Jefferies Arena” and she went onto give a speech where she acknowledged the work of the volunteers at YOSC and celebrated the opportunities it offers to all members of the community.

Councillor Brian Allinson, Vice-Chair of South Gloucestershire Council in attendance at the visit commented ‘The facilities at YOSC are tremendous and a credit both to Yate Town Council and the management and trustees of the Complex.’


Picture 1. – HRH The Princess Royal is greeted at YOSC

Picture 2a & b HRH meets Athletes

Picture 3 HRH and Jeremy Dale ( Yate Athlectics Club) tour YOSC facilities

Picture 4 HRH & Yate Town Councillor, Chris Willmore, unveil plaque


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