Premier League giants Chelsea have confirmed that they will continue to play development matches at Aldershot Town’s EBB Stadium into the 2016/17 season.
The agreement will extend the Blues stay with the National League club to a fourth season, their Under-21 side having used the stadium as its home ground over the past two-and-a-half years.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘We are very pleased to continue utilising the facilities at the EBB Stadium, which provides a fitting venue for our Academy players to develop and for Chelsea supporters to watch the teams of the future in action.
‘We believe this relationship is mutually beneficial for both Chelsea and Aldershot Town, who have been fantastic hosts to us over the past two-and-a-half seasons.’
Aldershot Chairman Shahid Azeem added: ‘This is fantastic news for the club and highlights our excellent relationship with Chelsea. It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome them to the EBB Stadium for another season and we are immensely grateful for their support.
‘The pitch continues to look superb, and head groundsman Andy Nunn has also benefitted hugely from the guidance of Chelsea’s groundstaff, and we look forward to seeing many more exciting games with Chelsea’s next generation of star players.’
In the summer of 2014, the Stamford Bridge pitch was removed and transported to Aldershot, allowing them to install a durable, top-level surface at the EBB Stadium.