In response to Councillor Stout’s recent proposals and a D Ward response of support for selling off the Shay Stadium, I have to say that there is an element of “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” and certainly a knee jerk reaction, and certainly not thinking through the long term business potential or the negative wrap around effects of this action. The wrap around value of sporting activity extends far beyond Rugby League and Football as so many community development programmes emanating are delivered from the Shay Stadium relevant to the benefit of the Calderdale community.
The Not in Education Employment or Training programmes, Wheelchair RL, Masters (over 33 RL), Touch, Tag RL, Older peoples programmes, Alcohol and Substance abuse initiatives, School holiday programmes, Youth Clubs developments, Cheerleading programme, Football initiatives, Health programmes... and many more which have a positive social impacts.
Councillor Stout I read with bemused interest as he was quoted saying “get it on the open market and sold to the highest bidder“ and the sense in doing this to a business that is in its infancy.
The facility has so much untapped potential and being only into its second trading year what else did he and others expect given the loss of the Further Education clients?
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