Oxford, Oxford need long term training ground says chief exec

Oxford need long term training ground says chief exec

Oxford United chief executive has told BBC Oxford that the club must find their own training facilities if they are to progress as a football club, according to BBC Sport.

The club currently lease facilities in the Cowley plant and BMW mini have been given permission to expand.

Although planning permission is yet to be confirmed, Oxford City council are relocating leisure facilities at the site.

The current training ground is located on the land that is part of a financial deal between BMW Mini and the local council.

However, the £4.9m deal is not just home to the football club but also the Oxford Sports and Social Club and the Oxford Cricket Club.

Mark Ashton, the clubs chief executive, voiced his concerns.

He said: “We need to find a long term home for the football club that’s for sure. That’s facilities to accomadate the first team, the academy teams and the Women’s Super League side. When you look at it all, it’s a hell of a lot of space we use. That space is just not readily available, so we may have to move to an interim solution before we get back to where we want to be. “

A concerned Ashton went on to say: “It’s a very, very important part of our football club moving forward.”

Oxford only lost their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday and their good start has signaled the clubs ambitions to gain promotion to League One this campaign.

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