Scarborough Ladies Football Club chairman James Hunter has hailed the approval of the new sports village in Weaponness as ‘great news for the sporting community’.
Members of the SLFC committee attended the council chambers yesterday to hear that the application to build the proposed Scarborough Sports Village had been passed.
The site, which will provide community facilities for the whole of the town, including a state-of-the-art 3G pitch, a swimming pool, squash courts and more, will be built on the site of the old coach park in Weaponness Valley.
The plans did meet some opposition from local residents, but Scarborough Ladies FC are delighted that the project will break ground in the future.
Hunter said: “It’s great news for the sporting community, for the town as a whole, and of course for Scarborough Ladies FC.
“As a key partner in the behind-the-scenes progress of the project, it’s been a long and detailed process to get to this stage, with consultations and numerous meetings taking place in the background to give the proposals the best possible chance of becoming reality. We are delighted that all that hard work by the council and others is bearing fruit.
“We took our girls down to the site recently, to explain that the plot of wasteland they could see would soon be a state of the art facility from them to use. They were genuinely excited at the prospect and we can’t wait to continue our on-going dialogue with Scarborough Borough Council regarding our use of the site, so that these youngsters have a chance to thrive in the future.”
Hunter added: “With over 100 girls playing junior football for the club this season, and with additional teams planned in the younger age groups and a new adult open age team starting next season, we are probably one of the largest football clubs in the town, if not the county. So to have a facility of such stature to utilise will only help us grow ever larger.
“We look forward to the site’s construction, progress and opening, with an excitement borne from a true community feeling. This site will be something everyone in Scarborough can use and be proud of.”
For further information on playing junior female football from ages four to 16, or joining the club’s new open age over-16s set-up, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07787 563748.