Horsham YMCA to end Hornets ground share in 2017

Ryman League side Horsham's ground share at Gorings Mead will end in 2017 - photo by Steve Cobb
Ryman League side Horsham's ground share at Gorings Mead will end in 2017 - photo by Steve Cobb

Horsham’s Football Club’s long-term ground share at Horsham YMCA will be ended by their landlords in two year’s time.

The Hornets have played at Gorings Mead for six years and have been without a permanent home since leaving Queen Street in 2008.

They spent a year playing at Worthing’s Woodside Road ground before ground-sharing back in their home town.

A deal has been struck between the two Horsham clubs for the Hornets to be tenants for a further two years until June 30, 2017.

YM have made the decision as they want to improve their youth football programme which they say have been made ‘impossible’ because of the current share.

A Horsham YMCA statement read: “The club do not intend any ground sharing agreements to use the Gorings Mead facilities after the above noted date.

“The demands of ground sharing have made it impossible for the club to undertake one of its core activities, youth football, whilst Horsham FC are using the club’s facilities.

“Therefore, this decision has been taken to enable the club to provide opportunities for future YMCA youth teams to play at Gorings Mead.

“The club would like to wish Horsham FC success with its future on and off-field activities.”

The Hornets’ plans for a new home at Hop Oast were turned down by Horsham District Council in January.

They are expected to appeal the decision, but even if the application refusal is overturned, it is extremely unlikely they will have a new home built by mid-2017.

More to follow and full reaction in this week’s West Sussex County Times.