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AFC Aldermaston Groundshare with Thatcham Town FC

Sun 16 May 2021

AFC Aldermaston Press Release. Date: 15th May 2021 AFC Aldermaston Groundshare Agreement with Thatcham Town FC AFC Aldermaston are very pleased to announce they have entered into a groundshare agreement with Thatcham Town FC, for season 2021-22. This groundshare will enable the club to fulfil its Step 6 fixtures for the forthcoming season. We would like to thank the Chairman of Thatcham Town, Dave Melin and the club committee for their work in pulling together this agreement, and look forward to both clubs working closely together in the coming months. The groundshare became necessary as AFC Aldermaston were unable to meet the required Ground Grading criteria for Step 6 at their home ground Aldermaston Recreational Society. AFC Aldermaston Chairman, Martin Desay stated ‘It is really sad to have to leave the Rec Soc, which has been our home since 1952 when the club was originally formed, by the early pioneer workers of what was then AWRE. The Club has invested significant effort, finance and resource to improve the ground, including providing floodlights, barriers, and changing facilities. When a senior club has to leaves its home ground, that will naturally have an impact on the local community, its supporters, players and volunteers. We will have to work really hard to manage this transition to Thatcham Town to make it work for us. We are however, really excited about the prospect of sharing Thatcham Towns ground and excellent modern facilities and great staff. Dave Melin Thatcham Town Chairman and I have been working together for a few months now to make this happen, and we are looking forward to working ever closely across both clubs to our mutual benefit as we move forward.’