Plans for the new Scarborough Squash & Racquets Academy moved one step closer today when building works for the new facility commenced at Silver Royd on Scalby Road, home to Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club.
To celebrate the start on site, members of the local business community, together with officers of the Rugby Club, Scarborough Borough Council, the McCabe family and squash fans joined contractor GMI Construction Group at a Ground-Breaking Ceremony at which SRUFC Club president Dave Coates was presented with a commemorative spade to mark the occasion.
On completion of building works in June next year, the new facility to be operated by Barons Fitness Centre will boast four glass backed Courts with spectator seating areas and will be the new home to the Scarborough Squash & Racquets Club, further complementing the already wonderful facilities available at Barons.
Focussing on the regeneration of Squash and Racquetball in the Town the Academy is primarily funded by the McCabe Family Charitable Foundation, supported by the Council and local businesses which are all keen to partner the initiative with the aim of promoting the health and wellbeing of the community.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Kevin McCabe said: “We are thrilled to announce the start on site of our new Squash & Racquets Academy, which is an exciting addition to a new era of leisure facilities in the town.
“This is an important project for the McCabe Family Charitable Foundation and we are delighted to have the support of the Council and local businesses. It will form an important contribution to both the economic and social development of our community.”
Coun Derek Bastiman, leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “Once again, the power of working in partnership to achieve a desired goal has proved to be a winning formula. We are delighted that Scarborough RUFC has been able to get this project underway so quickly and we look forward to seeing the completed squash facilities open in summer 2018.”
Graeme Young, chief executive of Scarborough Rugby Union FC, said: “We are delighted that the construction our Squash Academy is underway. The new centre will no doubt add to the reputation that Silver Royd holds as one of Yorkshires finest community sporting venues.
“We are extremely grateful to the all of our partners in the project who have helped to make the Academy a reality with special thanks to McCabe family for their drive and enthusiasm.”