The Hilltop sports facilities were historically part of the old De La Pole Hospital. Sledmere House was a mental hospital ward and the associated sports field has always been playing field, albeit not in very good condition.
Cottingham Young Peoples Sports Foundation (CYPSF) was formed in July 1999 by Roy Waudby and several other local business men who had a common love of sport. The initial driving force behind the formation of the Foundation was to establish a new and permanent home for Cottingham Tigers RLFC who were playing their rugby games on the local recreation ground. The Hilltop facilities were identified as a potential site since it had historically been a sports ground. The land and building were purchased for a cost of around £250K and vested in the name of the original CYPSF Trustees. After some renovation it became the permanent home of Cottingham Tigers RLFC. The Trustees also invited Westella and Willerby Football Club and Cottingham Cricket Club to play on the facilities, thereby making CYPSF a multi sports foundation.
CYPSF became a registered Charity in 2003
In 2005, CYPSF, Cottingham Tigers and Westella and Willerby secured capital grants from Sport England, the Football Foundation and Gemtrust (plus several other smaller donors) amounting to almost £1million to develop and implement a rejuvenation project at Hilltop. The project was managed by the trustees and included the building of new, state of the art changing rooms and installing drainage and reseeding the playing field. Since then, a recent ECB cricket grant (circa £30K) paid for the installation of all weather cricket nets. These projects have transformed the Hilltop Sports Arena into one of the best sports facilities in the Hull and East Riding area.
Following the completion of the rejuvenation project, Hilltop Sports Arena was renamed the Roy Waudby Hilltop Sports Arena in recognition of the person who was responsible for starting the community project back in 1999.