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Fresh Hope For Grays To Return Home

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Grays Athletic are set to open talks about returning to the town after a seven-year absence. 

Following relegation from the National League in 2010, the lease on their Recreation Ground expired having played there for 114 years.

Since then, The Blues have been on the road and currently playing home games at Aveley FC’s Mill Field.

They’ve already suffered relegation from the Ryman Premier Division this season but have received a welcome boost today following news that there’s a chance of a homecoming after the approval of a new free school.

The South West Essex Community Education Trust’s application was given the green light to build the Orsett Heath Academy which included plans for sporting facilities to potentially house Grays.

The school is expected to open in September 2019.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Grays Athletic Football Club welcome the recent confirmation that the SWECET application to build a new free school has been approved.

“We would like to pass on our congratulations to all involved and wish the Trust all the very best with the development of Orsett Heath Academy. We are sure that this new facility will be a fantastic new asset to the community.

“As documented in the SWECET brochure that explained their proposal, the possibility of Grays Athletic Football Club being part of the development at the proposed site, as part of a sports hub, has been discussed with the Local Authority and SWECET.

“Following this significant announcement from Government, the Club looks forward to meeting with the key people involved after the Easter break to further those discussions.

“A further statement will follow from the club in due course.”

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