Rugby club chief’s joy at Carnegie coup

Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd base on Scalby Road will host professional rugby union when Yorkshire Carnegie take on Rotherham Titans on Friday October 10
Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd base on Scalby Road will host professional rugby union when Yorkshire Carnegie take on Rotherham Titans on Friday October 10

Scarborough RUFC’s CEO Graeme Young has expressed his delight at Yorkshire Carnegie hosting their clash with Rotherham Titans at Silver Royd.

Carnegie will host their British & Irish Cup tie with Yorkshire rivals Rotherham in Scarborough on Friday October 10 as part of a tour of the county that also sees them take in Huddersfield YMCA, and Young is delighted that the club are bringing professional rugby to the town.

Young said: “This is a major coup for the club and also for the town.

“Attracting a professional game to Scarborough follows on nicely from us hosting several county games and other high-profile fixtures.

“It’s wonderful that we’ve managed to attract a Yorkshire derby too and hopefully it will bring a lot of people to the club and to the town.

“Other than the Scarborough Cricket Festival, there isn’t any professional sport played here so it will give the people of the town a good opportunity to see the levels of skill that they wouldn’t have the chance to witness other than on the television.”

Young’s delight was echoed by the club’s youth development officer Tom Chadwick, who said: “To see a game of this importance on their doorstep will hopefully trigger an interest in the sport we’re so passionate about delivering”

“This is a great advert for Scarborough and will showcase the sport in a fine light.

“As well as attracting a lot of the youth in the community, I hope it has knock on effects for the future and that we are able to reach more of the younger community in Scarborough than ever before.”

Carnegie chairman Sir Ian McGeechan was impressed by the Silver Royd facilities.

He said: “We were extremely impressed by, not just the set ups at Scarborough and Huddersfield YMCA, but also their enthusiasm to make the games big occasions for them as a club.”