Two of Nuneaton’s biggest sporting clubs will be working in co-operation next season after a new ground-share agreement was agreed at Liberty Way.
Lack of a ground-share and an ongoing disagreement between Nuneaton Rugby Club and Nuneaton Town Football Club led to a number of skips blocking various access points on Nuneaton RFC’s land this year.
Now, after negotiations between club officials, the clubs are in agreement going into the 2017-18 campaign.
Nuneaton Town Chairman, Lee Thorn, said: “I am delighted to announce that a new GSA has been reached and it will see Nuneaton Rugby Club back on the stadium pitch for a minimum of ten games in the coming campaign.
“As part of that agreement the Nuns will provide, and maintain, a total of two pitches on-site for the football club to use for their growing academy and first-team training.
“The agreement will see Nuneaton Town be able to train in-house and will give the rugby club the chance to play on the main pitch throughout the season.”
The deal will see Nuns allow Boro to once again have access to the Southside entrance points of the main stadium. In return for that the rugby club will supply the two academy pitches as well as being able to play on the stadium pitch at least ten times throughout the campaign with a possibility of all 13 home matches being played on the stadium pitch.
“It is great to see the two premier sporting clubs in the town working together once again in such a way,” added Lee Thorn. “It has been a long and hard journey for both clubs, that has been the case since the move was first undertaken, but now we are in a position where we can both prosper and move forward with this behind us.”
Nuneaton RFC’s Committee stated: “Nuneaton RFC are very pleased that an agreement has been reached and hope this will establish good relations between the two clubs who carry the name of our town.
“As we have consistently stated, Nuneaton RFC’s only concern was for a fair ground-share between the two clubs and we are relieved and pleased that this is now the outcome.
“It is fitting that this coming season Nuneaton RFC will have a home pitch which befits our status as the town’s premier rugby club.
“We wish Nuneaton Town FC and their supporters well for their coming season and look forward to building our relationship in more collaborative manner.”
That feeling was echoed by both the Nuneaton Town FC Chairman and manager, Tommy Wright, who praised the efforts of both parties in coming to a resolution.
“It is fantastic for the town that two such prominent sporting clubs have come to an agreement and are now working together,” added Wright. “This was a situation that I walked into here and it was not a healthy one for anyone connected to it.
“To see the agreement in place now, and us to get the two academy pitches from it, is great news.
“With us running two academy teams next year it enables us to grow as we are hoping to.”