Northumberland County FA can confirm that negotiations between the Association and Ebac Northern League club West Allotment Celtic regarding usage of its Whitley Park facility have reached an amicable conclusion.
Whilst West Allotment Celtic will not be playing their home fixtures at Whitley Park next season, the County FA will be assisting the football club’s transition to a new venue by offering stadia improvement funding support and advice.
Northumberland FC`s CEO John Ackerley said: “We have been in communication with West Allotment Celtic regarding the usage of our Whitley Park facility for several months, and despite not being able to reach a financial agreement, we are pleased that the football club has accepted our offer of support as they transition to a new home.
“Negotiations were initially opened over an increase in rent fees as we discovered, through considerable market research, that our Whitley Park facility was not reaching its financial potential, and as a result, that we were sacrificing funds which could be used to develop the game in other areas.
“Although we’re disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be made to keep the football club at Whitley Park, we’re hopeful that we can offer the guidance needed for their changeover to be a success”.