A Holderness sports trust says controversial plans for the £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park is the only way to secure its long-term future.
Subject to planning permission, the developers say they would invest several million pounds in the Eastside Community Sports Trust at Saltend.
This would include new pitches, clubhouse and gym.
Gordon Wilson, chair of the trust, says: "It's about the future. It's not about this generation, it's about the generations coming forward and them having somewhere to play sport, where there's training colleges where they can improve themselves where they can get a better quality of job."
The energy park, which would create 1,000 jobs, has divided opinion, with some residents concerned about traffic and flood risk.
Rob Cawkwell is project director at developer Sewell Investments.
He says: "It is certainly developable land, it has had previous uses. It is unique in many respects in terms of its size and the available infrastructure in the region. There's no site like it and it's prime for development of this type of nature."