The IMG have released this short statement to help clear any confusion that may exist regarding other commercial and community services that are provided by Basingstoke Town FC from the Camrose site for the foreseeable future.
Although the club have agreed a provisional ground-share arrangement for 2017-18 with Farnborough FC – with the hope being still to find a suitable ground within the borough before this option needs to be invoked – the intention is to continue providing its additional services such as; the Academy, Youth & Community coaching, Clubhouse and more, from the Camrose site into the 2017-18 season – the only restriction being that the club cannot play football (or other sports) at the site. Where this restriction directly effects any of the aforementioned services, the club will arrange for suitable locations within the town and borough to be utilised as a substitute to the Camrose.
Will Wilkinson, Head of Digital and Marketing and a member of the IMG, said:
“Every member of the IMG recognises that this is an extremely difficult time for the club and that our fans, players and the parents of children utilising the Camrose facilities are all seeking reassurances, so we hope that this brief statement helps to allay any fears that the community may have. For the IMG, it is business as usual and we are 100% focused on moving through this challenging period and becoming a stronger, united and community-orientated club going forward.”
The IMG will continue to provide regular updates whenever there is meaningful information to share, in order to keep the community of Basingstoke up to date with developments of the town’s football club. You can view all previous updates, including the most recent regarding a potential ground share and other ground options, on the Plan B page here.