Pain of Boro fans hurts Athletic chief Funk

Weaponness Valley coach park, the site of the proposed sports village
Weaponness Valley coach park, the site of the proposed sports village

Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is keen for the Weaponness project to gather pace sooner rather than later.

Funk is confident that the sports village will go ahead , despite the fact that it is current behind the original schedule.

Boro's Chris Thompson in action during the final-ever Boro game at the McCain Stadium, at home to Leigh

Boro's Chris Thompson in action during the final-ever Boro game at the McCain Stadium, at home to Leigh

Funk also feels that it is something that needs to be wrapped up sooner rather than later, as it is something that would boost sport in Scarborough.

He said: “It breaks my heart to see our fans travelling the 40 or so miles to Brid and back just to see a football game.

“Apart from the rugby club, there are no great facilities at the moment for the people of the town, so after a successful Olympic Games, people will want to know why?

“This will make it hard for youngsters to develop their sport in the town.

“Football is the people’s game, they want to support their home-town club.

“We currently take 200 fans away with us and we average around 400 for home games.

“Most of our fans have told me that they know at least another two or three people who would come down to watch us if we played in the town.

“Some people don’t have the luxury of transport and unlike before when the Athletic Ground was there, they can’t walk down.

“It needs to happen sooner rather than later because the younger generation need the same opportunities that the other generations had.

“There is a fine line to getting things right.

“Everyone is trying their best and everyone is trying to make it happen, hopefully everyone will benefit from this.”

Funk is aware of the predicament that SBC are in, as a sports village isn’t something that can be put together in a short space of time.

“It is very difficult to put a time-scale on something like this, the whole thing is a delicate matter,” he added.

“I think we have to appreciate what the council are doing, people do want things like this done quickly, but a sports village isn’t something you can just throw together.

“Things have to be done right and then sooner or later it will all come good.”