Help shape sporting vision for community

The Aldborough Gate project launch with committee members and members of  Boroughbridge Football Club.
The Aldborough Gate project launch with committee members and members of Boroughbridge Football Club.
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THE Aldborough Gate project is urging people in the Boroughbridge area to complete its survey on what sports they are interested in.

It is part of a wide-ranging consultation with residents, groups, sports clubs and schools to seek their views on the future of the project before a finalised scheme is drawn up and bids for funding submitted.

Boroughbridge High School is already involved with the project and has agreed to the scheme using its car park and is also providing a site for new changing rooms.

Aldborough Gate chairman Ivan Nicholson, who is also deputy headteacher at the high school, said: “I’m very pleased the school is working with the community on the Aldborough Gate project.

“When completed not only will it provide much needed sporting facilities for children in the Boroughbridge area, but working closely with local sports clubs will help to ensure that many pupils will continue to play sport after they have left school.”

The concept of the scheme was first mooted in 1990 and since then a massive amount of work has been done by many dedicated individuals all with the common belief that Boroughbridge and its residents deserve better sporting facilities.

The Aldborough Gate project was launched as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the registered charity has representatives from Boroughbridge Junior Football Club, Boroughbridge Town Council, Boroughbridge High School and the community, and the site was purchased with the assistance of Boroughbridge Town Council.

The original vision for the site was to encompass a number of pitches for both junior and senior football with spare capacity to welcome other field-based sports to the venue.

The Aldborough Gate project would like to know whether there is interest for sports like rugby, cricket, athletics or hockey, as the venue would lend itself to multi-sports.

Questionnaires are available from Boroughbridge High School, the Boroughbridge Town Council offices, Boroughbridge library or by visiting the project’s website The closing date for submitting questionnaires is Friday, July 6.

Anyone who would like to help the Aldborough Gate project, be it physically, mentally or financially, can contact Mr Nicholson by emailing