Homes plan for sports ground

Pub of the Year 2008.'The Club House, Sports & Social club, College Grove, Wakefield.'w5546c839
Pub of the Year 2008.'The Club House, Sports & Social club, College Grove, Wakefield.'w5546c839
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WAKEFIELD Sports Club could move out of its College Grove home to make way for housing.

The club, which has been at the site for 160 years, has employed a consultant to look at possibilities for future uses of the ground and is seeking alternative sites.

It is currently home to Wakefield FC, a shooting club, hockey teams and its facilities are set to be used for Olympic training.

The football club has already been given notice it must vacate the ground at the end of the season.

Wakefield FC is understood to be due to hold talks with other sports clubs in the district with a view to sharing grounds next season.

Bill Mayou, Wakefield Sports Club chairman, confirmed that consultancy firm Sports Solutions GB (SSGB) had been appointed to investigate new sites.

SSGB is believed to be looking at the feasibility of selling the three-hectare site for housing to fund an expansion of facilities and a new sports and social club.

The firm said there was no update on the plans this week.

Mr Mayou could not confirm what alternative sites the club was looking at.

My Mayou said: “We have no firm plans but we are always looking at our opportunities to make sure that the club prospers in the long-term.”

Mr Mayou said a lack of parking facilities was causing problems at the site, where the club was founded in 1847.

Wakefield Jazz Club, along with existing hockey, shooting, squash and bowls facilities would be included in the club move, the Express understands.

Chris de Saram, from the jazz club, said any move of the club would be in the “distant” future.

He said: “It is a matter of years before this becomes a possibility.”