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Canterbury City Sign Groundshare With AUFC

Posted in Club News on 13th March 2014 by Colin Hallybone

City to Groundshare Homelands For Next 3 years!

Ashford United Football Club is pleased to confirm that it has agreed a ground share agreement with neighbours Canterbury City, which will allow them to retain their place in the Southern Counties East Football League next season.
Following an appeal from the league, outlining the need for Canterbury City to continue ground sharing, the two clubs held a positive meeting; the outcome being that Canterbury City will play at Homelands for the next two to three seasons while they continue their search to find a new local site for a new stadium.
Commenting on the news, Colin Hallybone, Ashford United’s Operations Manager, said: “This agreement will benefit both clubs in the coming seasons. As soon as we heard that Canterbury City were searching for a new ground share, we wanted to help. We look forward to working with them closely; both on and off the field.
The ground share is beneficial to both clubs as it prevents Canterbury from losing league position, after many seasons of progression since their reformation, and provides us with a guaranteed income over the next few years to help with team progression. This new agreement brings to an end the understanding we have with Bromley Green FC, who have been using Homelands on a pay as you play agreement this season due to the problems with the weather.”
Canterbury City Chairman, Tim Clark, added: “After our appeal to all Southern Counties East Football League clubs to help us, Ashford United came forward and, following a very constructive meeting, terms have been agreed which will see us playing our “home” fixtures at Homelands for up to the next three years. We are very grateful to Ashford for helping us out. The agreement has been signed and sent to the League and the FA. We would also like to thank Denise Richmond and other SCEFL committee members who have been very supportive as we continue to look for a new ground to play at.”
13 March 2014