It is now three years since we opened at Silver Royd and in the light of recent publicity we would like to explain and clear up some misconceptions about the club
The Club, Scarborough RUFC, is a Community Amateur Sports Club owned and run by its members. The Board of Directors is elected by the members at the AGM and all directors are unpaid member volunteers. Any profit made is required to be re-invested in the club.
Rugby: The club identified a need to develop young people’s rugby over 25 years ago but did not have the facilities to enable this until the move to Silver Royd. Alongside a well publicised and sponsored Youth Development Programme, and with around 100 volunteer helpers and coaches, we now have teams in all age groups from under 7s through to under 19s. We have 14 youth teams covering 250 registered young players and we have four senior teams and a veterans team catering for 150 senior players
The club’s approach in managing this level of activity in a safe and healthy environment has been recognised by our governing body, the Rugby Football Union, who have awarded the club the RFU Seal of Approval and monitor us to ensure that we adhere to safe practices. All our volunteers have completed (or will receive) ‘safeguarding young people and children’ training, have undertaken enhanced CRB clearance and undergo regular validation training.
The costs involved in organising rugby are high and increasing yearly. Laundry, travel, kit and equipment, insurance and ground maintenance amounted to over £90,000 last year. Whilst we are indebted to our many sponsors who contribute generously to help the young people of Scarborough, the club must also look at other sustainable ways of generating income to support its prime use as a local sports facility.
Community Sports: We have tried to satisfy the need for sports facilities on the northern side of Scarborough and with the council’s encouragement and support have developed a multi-purpose sports hall, two gymnasiums and two squash courts for the use of the general community. In 2009 we were awarded the Community Club of the Year by the local Sports Council and reached the final stages of the Sportsmatch Awards attending the presentation ceremony at Lord’s cricket ground.
Facilities and the future: Our grounds and facilities are among the best in the country and are in demand for representative rugby fixtures (e.g. County matches), festivals and tournaments. Our function room also provides an excellent venue for meetings, weddings, social functions and fundraising activities and generates a sustainable income to support the club.
Over recent weeks we have been working closely with Scarborough Borough Council officers and other responsible authorities, as well as a specialist firm of acoustic engineers and consultants to ensure that these activities do not cause undue disturbance.
Our planning application: The club’s development has meant that a relatively large number of people now attend the 1st team games and over 2,000 can attend festivals and tournaments.
We have submitted an application, as required by Condition 42 of our planning consent, to have amplified sound at certain events outside the clubhouse. Condition 42 does not prohibit amplified sound but requires the club to submit details so that the Local Planning Authority can ensure that any noise produced does not have a serious effect on residential amenity. In consultation with the Environmental Health Department and independent acoustic engineers we have agreed a specification which ensures that this is the case. The sound system is primarily for announcements, information, safety and crowd management.
The events are limited to:
1. Games on the 1st team pitch, including county games, finals, showcase matches – up to 21 matches a year
2. Rugby Sports Tournaments & Festivals – up to four events a year, with each event lasting up to two days and also including short bursts of music up to one minute long
The full details of the application and the acoustic reports are available to view on the council website or at the Town Hall, http://planning.scarborough.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LXN316NS5F000
Our Premises Licence variation: We have also submitted an application to vary our Licence to tidy up the conditions which have been added piecemeal over the last three years. The proposed new conditions include a single measurable sound level (agreed with the Environmental Health Department) at our boundary to prevent unacceptable noise nuisance to our neighbours. We have no desire to change the character of the club; it is not going to become a pub or a nightclub and conditions will be in place to prevent that. We want to make our facilities available for use by businesses, sporting, charitable and community organisations and private groups and we want to be a good neighbour too.
We wish to continue to develop as a community rugby club that works closely with rugby supporters and the local community for the benefit of the town and in this respect we would welcome any suggestions. You may have read several comments in the local newspapers about the club, some of which are unfortunately inaccurate and misleading. We will holding a drop-in meeting on Thursday February 2 from 4pm to 7pm, please feel free to come along where the Board of Directors will be available to answer any questions.
Ken Anderson (Chairman)
Graeme Young (Chief
Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club
Scalby Road, Scarborough