Oxford United is closing in on a deal to use Oxford City Football Club’s home ground as its training facility.

In a joint statement, both clubs said the move could be a “win/win solution” as The U’s are set to lose the use of their current training ground.




United has been searching for a long-term home since BMW Mini was granted permission to expand its plant in 2015.oxford city fc

Oxford City said the deal would help in “securing the future” of the club.

Oxford United has trained on the 24-acre site of the Oxford Sports and Social Club and Oxford Cricket Club for six years.

However, following a £4.9m deal between BMW Mini and Oxford City Council the land is set to be built on.

United and the council have been at odds over who would run a new complex on Horspath Road, leaving the football club to seek its own solution.

The U’s would still play league and cup games at the Kassam Stadium and the facility in Marsh Lane would remain Oxford City’s match day home.

United chairman Darryl Eales said: “Relatively unusually, this really is a win/win solution.

“We are delighted to be able to help Oxford City whilst also establishing a broader base for Oxford United commercially as well as hopefully for our first team and our women’s team.”

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “The Council initiated these discussions in the wake of Colin Taylor’s sad death and the realisation of OCFC’s financial position.”

It is understood the agreement will allow the construction of an artificial pitch, which will replace Oxford City’s Court Place Farm pitch.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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