abc Media Release Lynne Mee Direct line 01423 556022 Communications and Media Manager Direct fax 01423 561154 not 24 hrs 24 hour fax “ 556010 Mobile 07884 226409 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.harrogate.gov.uk pr.963. Rugby Club and Football club join forces with council DATE : 24 March 2004 TRI-HARD -THREE TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER A meeting has been held today with Harrogate Town FC, Harrogate Rugby Club and Harrogate Borough Council. The meeting had been called to clarify the council’s strategy for the development of sport in Harrogate with regard to the future of the Rugby Club at Claro Road and Harrogate Town FC at Wetherby Road. A full and frank discussion took place. Strong views were aired from all sides but it has cleared the way for the teams and the council to go back to the drawing board and combine their strategies for the good of the two sports in the town. Mr Bill Fotherby, Chairman of Harrogate Town FC, said: “We can now see a future and a way forward. This gives us encouragement to know that, should we progress up the league, there is a vision for a new ground in the town.” Mr Frank Carter, Chairman of Harrogate Rugby FC, said: “I am pleased that we have now been given the opportunity to discuss one of our options for the future survival of the club.” The council will facilitate a working party, which will involve all three sides to create outlines and options. All parties understand the need for urgency, as both clubs need to have the matter resolved as quickly as possible. Council Leader, Mike Gardner, was very supportive and is pleased to see all parties working together. He said: “There may be a way forward which will be to the benefit of the town, the clubs and the community. I am looking forward to continuing these invaluable discussions where the three parties are all on the same side.” ENDS FURTHER INFORMATION: Councillor Mike Gardner is available for comment on 01423 816774, Mr Bill Fotherby 01423 709803 and Frank Carter 01423 870654.