Maidenhead United’s plan to move to a new stadium has taken a leap forward after the club announced it has reached agreement to acquire the proposed new site.

The club has reached a deal with the Royal Borough to buy 3.7 hectares of Braywick Park, subject to planning, for a new community stadium incorporating a range of football, athletics, and wider wellbeing facilities.

The club has been at its current York Road ground for more than 150 years, the longest residence of a football club at one stadium in the world.

A statement by the club reads: “This is an exciting development for the club, its supporters, and the local community. It brings our vision to locate the club within the heart of the community as part of a wider integrated sports, recreation, and wellbeing hub at Braywick Park a step closer.

“We expect to submit the planning application for the new ground and associated facilities later this year. If approved, our ambition is to deliver an EFL compliant community stadium the town can be proud of, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities which will support the growth and development of our football and wider community wellbeing programmes, whilst securing the long-term sustainability of the club for current and future generations.

“We are committed to engaging with our supporters and the wider local community regarding our proposals. Our consultation will be commencing over the coming weeks, initially with our supporters and key external stakeholders during May. Wider public consultation will take place in early Summer 2022.”

Image shows the existing York Road stadium.

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