Amicable Conclusion Over Facility Usage

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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”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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