Selected highlights of the announcement below.
Any thoughts? Anyone?Bright future for football within Oxford
Oxford City FC, Oxford United FC and Oxford City Council are delighted to announce that they have agreed in principle, to a new partnership that will support a bright future for football within the city of Oxford.
The partnership will maximise the use of Court Place Farm Stadium and provide a significant contribution to securing the future of Oxford City FC. It will also enable a continuation and development of OCFC's extensive community activities whilst also enabling OUFC to have a permanent base throughout the week.
The plans are subject to formal agreement from each of the three parties but all are keen to support the partnership which will also enable the construction of a 3G/4G pitch as a replacement for the current Court Place Farm pitch.
The partnership will involve the creation of a joint venture trading company which will be owned 50:50 by OCFC and OUFC and will lease and operate the main stadium facility...
From the Oxford United perspective, the club is delighted to help find a win/win solution which helps secure OCFC's future but which also provides a permanent facility from which the club can operate during the week especially in terms of creating a supporters club and retail outlet as well as the opportunity to commercialise the Court Place Farm stadium facility more generally, especially as a potential future home for Oxford United Women as well as expanding our community activities.
OUFC is also discussing, albeit at an early stage, the possibility of creating a permanent training home for the First Team at Court Place Farm. This would provide a significant benefit to the development of the club's infrastructure and all parties are keen to find a way to allow this to happen.