Kempston Rovers FC and AFC Rushden & Diamonds have announced that the two clubs have agreed a deal which will allow the AFC Rushden & Diamonds first team to play at Hillgrounds for the 2017/18 season.

The agreement gives Diamonds the requisite security of tenure at a ground which is appropriate to the Club’s position in the National League System and will provide a home for the team whilst Rushden & Higham United’s Hayden Road is brought up to the required ground grading standard.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds Chairman Ralph Burditt said: “Signing this agreement gives our Club the stability which it needs to move forwards following a challenging period of time. From our first contact with them, Kempston Rovers have been extremely friendly, accommodating and professional and I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing to work with them. Hillgrounds is a great place to watch football and we will be proud to call it home during our time there.”

Kempston Rovers Chairman Russell Shreeves said “We’re very pleased to have signed this agreement with AFC Rushden and Diamonds and look forward to welcoming them and their supporters to our ground for the forthcoming season. We’ve developed an outstanding facility at Hillgrounds and are looking forward to continued success both on and off the pitch for our respective clubs”


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