Club on track for Weaponness move

Boro chairman Dave Holland
Boro chairman Dave Holland

Scarborough Athletic chairman Dave Holland believes that the club are still on track for their move to the town.

The Evo-Stik League outfit have been exiled in Bridlington since their formation in 2007, though plans are in place for a switch to the proposed Weaponness Sports Village.

Contruction firm Wrenbridge have been tasked with building the stadium.

The scheme comprises a 2,000 capacity stadium, including a state of the art 3G pitch that will ensure year round use by all of the local community.

Alongside the stadium a leisure centre is being provided that includes a four-court indoor sports hall, squash courts, gym, dance studio and community facilities.

A new eight-lane swimming pool will be also be included as part of the project and utilises one of the training pools used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics demonstrating a continuing legacy from the Games for all of the UK.

In order to fund and deliver the new Leisure Village, Wrenbridge will be developing three separate sites within Scarborough for a variety of uses together with public funding from Sport England and the Football Association.

Wrenbridge are now moving forward with the proposals to enable planning applications to be submitted later this year with work starting on site in 2014.

Holland, pictured above, said: “We recently attended a positive meeting in Leeds with Scarborough Borough Council, the developers, the architects, the constructors and Sport England.

“We went to ensure that Scarborough Athletic had the opportunity to discuss the proposed facilities in detail; to inspect the plans, and to make sure our requirements were fully understood and accommodated.

“ We discussed a full range of details and issues from crowd capacity, turnstiles, toilet and refreshment facilities to changing rooms, physio tables, laundry rooms, office spaces and club shop.

“Although there is still a long way to go in terms of fine tuning the plans, our small delegation was able to fully articulate our requirements as a club and we came away with a clear understanding of each others respective needs and limitations.

“I am confident that our involvement will help to shape the final product so that when a Scarborough Athletic side does eventually walk out onto the Weaponness pitch, we will do so in a stadium that will be fit for purpose and one which we can be proud of.

“The plans that have been drawn up reflect the needs of the club at this level and the next, there is also scope for us to develop the ground further’

“The council are working to a definite schedule and I believe they are not too far away from their initial schedule.

“We are still confident that we will be playing at Weaponness in the not too distant future.”