The signing of the new lease has happened just in time to help the club start what it hopes will be a 'goal scoring' season for all sections of the club.

"We want to work closely with the club to make sure that it thrives and encourages the development of football across the district," says Cllr Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council.

"We have worked really hard with the club to make sure that they are in a positive and sustainable position, and so we are pleased that we can offer them a new lease for the grounds in Oaklands Park.

"Local football clubs and grass roots football are really important to local communities. We are looking forward to supporting the club with what we hope will be a very successful season."

Chichester District Council is also keen to work with the club to improve facilities at the ground and investigate opportunities for grant funding to support this.

Wayne Dalton, General Manager of Chichester City Football Club, is excited about news of the lease and relishes the opportunity to work closer with Chichester District Council.

"Over the past 18 months, we have worked very hard to get this club back to where it needed to be. We are proud of the achievements we have made over the past few years, both on and off the pitch. Securing the lease from Chichester District Council has been the biggest statement of purpose that this club has made in recent years.

"We are a club that wants to build stronger links with the community, and we are seeking ways to further support the provision of youth football in the local area. We would like to look into the possibility of developing an artificial pitch facility at our Oaklands Park ground, which will increase opportunities for use of the pitch by the local community. Other clubs at our level have evidenced great success with this and we are willing to learn from others on what we can do.

"The only way we will ever achieve this is through a continued collaborative partnership with Chichester District Council. We would like to thank Chichester District Council for their patience with the lease agreement and to also thank its staff for their support with this". 

Residents who are interested in joining a local sports club like Chichester City Football Club can find a list of clubs in the sports club directory.

The council manages a number of sports pitches, courts and pavilions which are available to hire across the district.

Date posted: 23 August 2019

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