Horsham to play at Culver Road during new ground development

Sussex County FA Culver Road pitch SUS-151029-164953002
Sussex County FA Culver Road pitch SUS-151029-164953002
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Horsham’s new temporary home next season will be the Sussex County FA headquarters in Culver Road.

With planning permission for a new 1,300 capacity ground off Worthing Road, near Hop Oast, approved by Horsham District Council last night, the Hornets have swiftly announced a new temporary nest.

The new deal was signed today (Wednesday) and comes as a result of the current groundshare with Horsham YMCA at Gorings Mead ending in May.

It will give Horsham the chance to get used to the 3G surface for a season, which will be the same as the one installed in their new home, where they are hoping to move into in the 2018/19 season.

Culver Road also plays host to Southern Combination League Premier Division side Lancing as well as Brighton & Hove Albion youth and women’s team.

In statement on the club’s website, Horsham chairman Kevin Borrett said: “The option to play at the Sussex County FA HQ in Lancing was one of a number investigated and, whilst it is further away from the town than we would have wished, it has excellent facilities and is the right choice for a temporary home whilst the new ground is constructed. It also means that we can continue in membership of the Ryman League.”

Chief executive of the Sussex County FA, Ken Benham, said: “Following on from the brilliant news last night that Horsham’s plans for a new stadium have been approved, we’re really pleased to be in a position whereby we can help the club by housing them here until their new ground is built.

“This is a very exciting period for the club and we’re delighted to be a stepping stone for them on a path which hopefully leads to a secure and successful future.”