Words and photos by Dave Barry
Work has begun on a £400,000 squash and racquets academy at Scarborough Rugby Club.
To be operated by Barons Fitness Centre, it will have four glass-backed courts with spectator seating areas.
Scarborough Squash & Racquets Club will be based at the new building, which is due to open in June.
The cost is mostly being met by the McCabe Family Charitable Foundation, supported by Scarborough Council and local businesses.
Kevin McCabe said the academy would be “an exciting addition to a new era of leisure facilities in the town. It will form an important contribution to both the economic and social development of our community”.
Council leader Derek Bastiman said: “Once again, the power of working in partnership to achieve a desired goal has proved a winning formula”.
Rugby club chief executive Graeme Young added: “The new centre will no doubt add to the reputation that Silver Royd [the club’s home] holds as one of Yorkshire’s finest community sporting venues”.
A turf-cutting ceremony was attended by representatives of the rugby club, the council, the McCabe family, building contractors and squash fans.
Club president Dave Coates was presented with a commemorative spade to mark the occasion.
Other organisations and individuals contributing to the new academy include Broadland Properties, Boyes, McCain, Tony Outhart, Whitby Seafoods, Email Movers and Nippy Taxis.