YATE International Gymnastics Centre has received a welcome donation from environmental services contractor Shield.

The national company, which has an office in Warmley, has sponsored us to the tune of £200.

A statement on their website www.shieldenvironmental.co.uk reads: “Shield is in support of the Yate International Gymnastics Centre and has provided a donation to help support the continued work that the club does for the local area and its young people.

“The centre has been open for over six months and the gym club for over 30 years, which has attracted lots of interest from the local community and parents.

“The centre was transformed from a former bowls and summer sports hall, which was only being used for half of the year, into a state-of-the-art complex for budding gymnasts. The new centre has won support from the South Gloucestershire Council and Circadian Trust.

“The centre is not only for gymnastics but offers a range of other activities including Parkour/free running, cheerleading, parents and kids gym and a multi-sensory area for children with special needs and learning difficulties.”

Centre manager Mark Thorne welcomed the handout. He said: “We’re extremely grateful to Shield Environmental Services for their generous gift.

“The club has gone from strength to strength and it is proof that the Places, People, Play legacy programme left by the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics is working.

“The club is busy every night and there is never a dull moment, although that’s not to say there isn’t room for more people who would like to get involved!”