SCARBOROUGH RUFC’s £4.5million Silver Royd HQ could be home to England’s finest in the near future, after newly-named coach Stuart Lancaster announced his hopes to create a centre of excellence in the north.
Lancaster, whose appointment as permanent boss was ratified by the RFU on Thursday, wants a base for the country’s finest talents and prospects to use in the north of England, and Scarborough’s impressive facility on Scalby Road is one of a host of potential bases for the side.
While the site most likely to be used is Lancaster’s local club, West Park Leeds, SRUFC Chief Executive Graeme Young is of the belief that the facilities at Silver Royd are second-to-none, and could be used as a satellite or alternative base.
Young said: “Out of all the facilities on offer in Yorkshire, we have the best by far.
“The rest of the facilities don’t even touch ours.
“The solution I proposed is that Scarborough be used as a satellite site, with most probably West Park Leeds being used as the main training site.
“We would very much be open to any interest from the RFU. If they were to have a two-week camp at West Park, they could come to the coast for a couple of days.
“It would be a change of scenery for the players and they could make use of our indoor facilities as well.”
Young is anticipating a busy period ahead for the club, including the annual minis festival in April, and the Yorkshire v Lancashire fixture on May 12.
He added: “We’ve got some fantastic events coming up at the club. It’s a great coup for the town and the club to be attracting top matches and festivals like these and hopefully we can continue to grow and attract even bigger events in the future.”