Mar 23 2013 By Matt Lewis
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HAYES & Yeading have moved to reassure fans that the club will be ready to move into the Sharda Glass Stadium for the start of next season.
United have until March 31 to confirm to the Football Conference where they will be playing football next season and have two options open to them.
The club is hoping to move into their new home at Beaconsfield Road for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
In order to start playing football at the venue, the ground must first meet the National Ground Grading Category B standard before the end of the month.
Alternatively, Hayes & Yeading can extend their current ground-share deal at Woking or find another suitable venue to fulfil their fixtures.
And the club have today released a statement this morning with the deadline looming.
The statement read: “With much rumour and scaremongering being posted online and disappointingly published in newsprint, the club would like to re-assure all fans and interested parties that Hayes and Yeading United are well aware of the rules and regulations regarding ground regulations and their requirements for membership of the league and are working in line with pre-published dates for compliance having been in active dialogue with relevant parties throughout the season.
“At the current time, the club are confident of being able to, not only commence season 2013/14 at the Sharda Glass Community Stadium in Beaconsfield Road, but to also to host a comprehensive programme of pre-season events. Much progress has been made recently in respect of off the field red-tape and the final phase of building is already underway.
“However, the club is aware of league membership rules necessitating the need for firm arrangements to have a ground to suitable grading standards by 31st March for the season ahead. All at the club appreciate that that is fast approaching and that the new ground will not have time to be assessed in time for that ground-grading date. However, the club have always been aware of this and always sought to comply with League rules and ensure all potential scenarios were covered. In the absence of our own ground grading, alternative arrangements are already in place, to ensure a suitable groundshare situation is available and technically active to comply with league rules. Full details have already been lodged with the League well in advance of the deadline date and we awaiting ratification of the same.
“This agreement will ensure Hayes and Yeading United Football Club will continue to be eligible for League membership next season, but the club also has every intention and desire of achieving a ground grading at the Sharda Glass Community Stadium ahead of the new season, to begin the season back in our own home.”
United's clash with Dorchester today was postponed.