Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks have unveiled their vision for a return to their hometown of Sale in Greater Manchester.
The club said it wants to bring the team closer to its original fanbase and inspire a new generation of supporters.
A state-of-the-art stadium is being proposed as part of the early stage vision for Crossford Bridge Community Sports Village in Sale. The club said:
These exciting plans give us an opportunity to lay down roots and establish an accessible, long-term home for Sale Sharks that we can all be proud of.
From both our elite men’s and women’s teams to the Sharks Community Trust; being a part of this vision will mean we can have a positive impact in Sale for years to come.
From the 22nd June, the club will be asking fans to share their feedback and suggestions for our new home.
Crossford Bridge Playing Fields in Sale has been identified as the potential location for a new multi-purpose sport and activity hub, Crossford Bridge Community Sports Village.
The vision for the inclusive hub aims to build an even better community for future generations and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to live a more active lifestyle, bringing positive change to the local area in a variety of ways.
A significant consultation exercise is underway to determine how proposals can best benefit local community clubs, residents and businesses in Sale and the surrounding area. Proposals could include improved facilities for community sports and wellbeing groups, collaboration with national and regional sporting governing bodies, as well as a state-of-the-art community stadium providing an arena for world class sports teams and showpiece community finals.
Steve Diamond, director of Rugby at Sale Sharks, commented:
Sale Sharks has always had a vision to return to our hometown; bringing the club closer to its original fanbase and the communities in Sale. As part of the plans for Crossford Bridge, we not only have a chance to establish a long-term home for the club, but there’s also a real opportunity for our men’s and women’s teams to inspire the next generation of sporting talent.
Everyone at Sale Sharks is extremely excited about what this could mean for the club’s future. We will be bringing our fans along this journey with us and inviting them to tell us what they would like to see from our potential new home.