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Oxford United agree training ground deal

Oxford United have announced that they are closing in on a deal that will make Oxford City's home ground as the clubs training facility.

A joint statement issued by both clubs, said the move could be a "win/win solution" due to Oxford United looking set to lose their current training ground. Oxford United are likely to lose their training ground after permission was granted for BMW Mini to expand it current plant.

Oxford City said that the deal would assist to "securing the future" of the club.

Oxford United have trained at the 24-acre site of the Oxford Sports and Social Club and Oxford Cricket Club for six years. However, following a deal between BMW Mini and Oxford City Council the land is due to be built on.

Where both teams will play their home games will be unaffected with Oxford United still playing league and cup games at the Kassam Stadium and Oxford City will remain at their home ground.

Oxford United's chairman, Darryl Eales, said: "Relatively unusually, this really is a win/win solution. We are delighted to be able to help Oxford City whilst also establishing a broader base for Oxford United commercially as well as hopefully for our first team and our women's team."

It is understood that the deal will allow the construction of an artificial pitch to replace Oxford City's Court Place Farm current pitch.

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