Sandylands was founded by the late John W Coulthurst J P from Gargrave. The Coulthurst Craven Sports Centre, known locally at Sandylands Sports Centre, became a self-help Registered Charity in 1984. It is a none-profit making organisation run in accordance with a Declaration of Trust dated 31 August 1984. The latter ensures that there is no discrimination in respect of sex, age, physical ability or race.
The Sports Centre is run by a voluntary Management Committee, representing the sports in the area and the two Councils, namely North Yorkshire Council and Skipton Town Council.
Sandylands Sports Centre is the main provider of comprehensive community-based sport and recreational facilities in Craven. It attracts over 200,000 person visits per year.
Since 1989, around £2 million has been raised, by means of grants, loans and donations, for improved and new facilities at the Sports Centre. In particular, the £850,000 3G Full Size Floodlit All-Weather Pitch and associated Changing Rooms development was completed in 2004. This is now one of the most well-used facilities of its kind in the country.