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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:08am 25th January 2018.

Sleights Football Club, near Whitby, are in talks to return home. 

The club is in preliminary talks with the village's sports field committee in an effort to return to the Lowdale Lane ground. 

The footballers pitched the proposal to the committee last year and have met with them twice to explore the chances of a return. It's been more than 15 years since the club played in the village, but hopes are that September could see the footballers come back home.

Matt Hewison, Scarborough Borough Council Sports Development Officer, chaired Tuesday's most-recent meeting, where sports field treasurer Peter Gaylor revealed they had been successful in obtaining a grant from the company behind the new mine, near Sleights. 

Peter said:

"Following a comprehensive ground survey, the Management Committee of Sleights Sports Field are hoping to purchase ground maintenance equipment that will enable the field to sustain both cricket and football.

The Committee would like to acknowledge the support of the Sirius Foundation which has granted £5,000 to the project."

Mr Gaylor has applied to other sports development funds in order to help finance the proposal, which has also seen a site visit from Ian Powell of the Institute of Groundsmen.

His subsequent, detailed report said the pitch needed to be aerated, so any surface water can get through to the existing drains below.

This would require specialist equipment. Suggestions such as selling the naming rights to the ground are being discussed, as are possible fundraising efforts from the football club, which include skydiving, a quiz next month and a sponsored walk in the summer.

Sleights FC co-player-boss Sam Leadley, who lives in the village, said:

"We're very excited at the prospect of Sleights Football Club coming back home and believe it will bring benefits to both the club and the village.

"We are most grateful to the trustees of the pitch for their ongoing support in our objective to get back home, and also the cricket club for their continued cooperation.

We hope we can produce a working solution that works well for both clubs.'

Sleights FC chairman Andrew Snaith encouraged local individuals and companies to jump on board, adding:

'This is going to create a big buzz, there's already a lot of interest in and around the village and we've had some very good support.

We are flexible and open to suggestions on how this can go forward. It's a great chance to get involved, to get yourself and your company noticed.

We want to hear from corporate sponsors, coaches, volunteers, anyone who can help.

We're looking to form reserve and junior sides, so we need assistance with delivering that.'



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