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Scarborough’s ambition to become town of sporting excellence

In plans unveiled today, partners in Scarborough set out their ambitious agenda to make the town a centre for sporting excellence.

Collaboration between property developer Broadland Properties Ltd, independent school Scarborough College and Scarborough Borough Council will lead to the development of an international competition standard athletics track on the former Bramcote School playing fields to the south of the town centre, as well as six state of the art tennis courts and bowling facilities nearby, on land between Deepdale Avenue and College Lane.

Broadland Properties Ltd is Scarborough Borough Council’s preferred bidder to redevelop the council’s old sports centre site on Filey Road for housing, but it has also committed to developing facilities for athletics and tennis on the other two sites as part of its investment proposals. Scarborough Borough Council will facilitate the provision of brand new bowling facilities next to the tennis courts.

A low density development of high quality executive housing sensitive to the needs of the local conservation area is proposed for the land on which the old sports centre and adjoining bowling green are currently located. The council is confident that the development will satisfy the need for modern luxury homes in the area, to encourage senior professionals connected to the potash, off shore wind and other emerging industries, to relocate to the Borough of Scarborough. Developments of this kind are an important part of the council’s strategy to boost economic development on the Yorkshire coast.

The new, state of the art, bowling facilities proposed for land between Deepdale Avenue and College Lane, which is owned by the council but managed by Scarborough College, will provide a new home for Scarborough South Cliff Bowls Club, only a short walk from their current outdated facilities. The new adjoining tennis courts will be constructed to national competition standard and will transform the provision of tennis facilities in the borough.

The tennis courts and the athletics track planned for the former Bramcote School playing fields site will greatly enhance the provision of sporting facilities for Scarborough College and its students. The sites will also be accessible for use by the local community and visiting groups.

Charles Ellison, Headmaster of Scarborough College said:

“Scarborough College has a rich and long-standing reputation for sporting excellence and the development of these new world-class facilities is a further major step in cementing our position as one of the UK's leading independent schools. Furthermore, the college has in recent years developed its relationship very positively with the wider community of Scarborough through the shared use of its sports hall and AstroTurf, and an extended community partnership in relation to athletics, tennis and bowls will further strengthen the college's intertwined relationship with the town, which has been nurtured for more than 120 years.”