WORCESTER CITY will be playing their home games at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground next season after securing a groundshare deal before the March 31 deadline.
The National League North club have agreed a two-year deal with Bromsgrove, who play in the Step 6 Midland League Division One, with an option to extend the agreement for a third year.
Since announcing at the start of the month that they would be leaving Kidderminster’s Aggborough ground after two seasons, work has been ongoing to ensure the Victoria Ground – the former home of Bromsgrove Rovers – was up to scratch for National League football.
The deal was formally agreed by the National League on Thursday with Worcester chairman Anthony Hampson saying Bromsgrove “was the best option”.
Worcester are still fighting to return to the town following the sale of their St George’s Lane home of 108 years for development in 2013. While that battle continues, City will be playing their home games 14 miles away.
Chairman Hampson said: “Having looked at all options, Bromsgrove Sporting was considered to the best option for the club, based not only on the financial considerations but also the extent of the work required to enable an appropriate ground grading certificate to be achieved.
“Clearly the club sees any ground share option as a temporary arrangement and it will continue to work tirelessly to return to the City of Worcester, as a matter of urgency.
“In the meantime, the club is grateful for the support Bromsgrove Sporting has given to enable the club to continue playing at its current level in the interim period.”