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Scarborough Athletic FC currently plays it’s football 17-miles down the east coast at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate Stadium.
The club was formed by supporters’ society Seadog Trust following the liquidation of Scarborough FC in June 2007.

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Weaponness Valley Sports Village Project


On June 22 2010 in a meeting of the Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet, officials discussed a report prepared by SBC Head of Tourism and Culture Brian Bennett and Strategic Director Hilary Jones.

The report was entitled 'Development of Sports Village and Community Stadium.' The document detailed the need for Scarborough to increase and upgrade its sporting facilities, gave a run-down of background information from June 2007 (the liquidation of Scarborough Football Club) to the date of the meeting, and outlined a proposal for Cabinet to recommend to Council and in principle agreement to begin development of a sports village and stadium.

The recommendation was carried, and SBC began serious work on creation of a sports village for the town, including a new football stadium, later in 2010. The work was put out to tender in September 2010, and an initial time-scale of three to five years was given, with SBC actively looking for a development partner. At the time of writing (January 2011) the council was down to six development partners, who would each outline proposals in February before a final three are shortlisted and a final partner chosen.

Months earlier than the Cabinet meeting, supporters of Scarborough Athletic FC gathered to create the Back2Boro campaign. Focused on increasing awareness of the plight of Scarborough Athletic FC playing 20 miles out of town, B2B soon began raising awareness in the town with posters, leaflet distribution and fund-raising - which reached over £5,000 in September, and continues to grow. 

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April 15 2011 - Football Stadium stands sold (SEN) - Quotes from council spokesperson regarding Weaponness commitment.

April 11 2011 - Go-ahead for stadium housing? (SEN)

April 8 2011 - Ground Development Update Number 1. Short report from club and B2B officials meeting with SBC officials. (B2B)

January 11 2011 - Vandals still blight stadium (SEN)

December 18 2010 - Six bid to construct Sports Village (SEN)

November 29 2010 - Boro Chairman's high hopes for Sports Village (SEN)

November 17 2010 - Corporate Strategy Overview & Scruntiny Committee Briefing Note on Leisure Village Development. Includes full details of background, progress to date and Indicative Programme dates. (SBC minutes and agendas)

November 16 2010 - Yorkshire Post article interviewing Chris Bourne, SBC project manager. Capacity and other facilities discussed (YP)

October 21 2010 - Bulldozers to demolish McCain Stadium (SEN)

October 14 2010 - 11 groups interested in building Sports Village (SEN)

September 3 2010 - SBC put Sports Village development out to tender (

Aug 4 2010 - Scarborough Town FC plan to save McCain Stadium (SEN)

July 21 2010 - Sports Village moves a step closer (SEN)

July 5 2010 - Extract of Cabinet meeting minutes. Resolution to agree to Council in principle: (a) the disposal of part or all of the Council’s landholdings at Filey Road, Seamer Road and Weaponess to facilitate delivery of the outcome identified at (b). (b) the establishment of a sports village for Scarborough incorporating a community stadium able to meet the needs of the community and Scarborough Football teams and a range of sustainable sport and leisure facilities to the extent that this is viable. (c) rule out no future delivery model for the management of the proposed sports village. (SBC minutes and agendas)

July 5 2010 - Sports Village backed by Councillors (SEN)

June 22 2010 - Report to Cabinet - Development of Leisure Village and Community Stadium. 14 page detailed document (SBC minutes and agendas)

June 22 2010 - Leisure Village could be built within three years (SEN)

December 16 2009 - Sports Village plans welcomed (SEN)

December 5 2009 - No football to be played at the McCain Stadium again (SEN)

November 5 2009 - News that Sports Village and homes plans could take up to five years (SEN)

November 3 2009 - SAFC's B2B campaign launched (SEN) 

November 2 2009 - Council Leader statement. Including news that renovation of McCain Stadium would cost £600,000. (SBC minutes and agendas)

July 6 2009 - Council leader statement. Confirmation organisations have expressed an interest in a partnership approach to developing a Sports Village facility (SBC minutes and agendas)

June 26 2009 - Fact-finding mission for councillors and SAFC officials (SEN)

January 21 2009 - Weaponness the choice - Newspaper follow-up to Cabinet report (SEN)

January 20 2009 - Report to SBC Cabinet. First mention of a single site for town's leisure facilities (SBC minutes and agendas)

January 5 2009 - Council Leader confirms stadium has been purchased (SBC minutes and agendas)

November 26 2008 - Price agreed by SBC and Administrators for sale of McCain Stadium (SEN)

July 4 2008 - McCain Stadium damaged by fire (SEN)

June 27 2007 - Scarborough Athletic FC is born (

June 23 2007 - Trust to run new Scarborough club (SEN)

June 20 2007 Scarborough Football Club is wound up (SEN)