New squash academy gets approval

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Scarborough Council has approved a planning application from Scarborough RUFC, which will see the commencement of construction of the new Scarborough Squash and Racquets Academy in the coming weeks.

The plans are the blueprint for a state of the art Squash and Racquets Academy to be built within its Silver Royd premises in Scalby Road which will feature four glass backed courts and seating areas for spectators.

The development of the academy is principally being funded by the McCabe Family Charitable Foundation. Kevin, Scott and Simon play squash regularly and are great sports enthusiasts being avid followers of football, rugby, cricket, tennis and the fast-growing game of Padel Tennis.

Additionally, support also is forthcoming from Scarborough Borough Council and a number of other local businesses.

Scott McCabe said: “The Academy will be a Centre of Excellence where youngsters will be encouraged to take up the sport at an early age, which I’m sure, like myself, will lead to a lifelong love of the game.

"Via coaching staff and visits to, and from local schools, we aim to raise the profile of squash and racquetball in our town, thus leading to participation in regional and national leagues and tournaments.”

Graeme Young, Chief Executive of Scarborough RUFC said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Council and members of the business community for the construction of the new Academy, which indeed, will only further enhance the already wonderful facilities we have here at Silver Royd.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, added: “Our partnership with Scarborough Rugby Club has always focussed on providing excellent sporting facilities for the local community. It is fantastic that the renewal of our agreement with the Club is helping to facilitate the development of the Academy and associated facilities for people of all ages and abilities who want to participate in squash and other racquet sports.”