Hinckley AFC take step closer to returning home

Hinckley AFC are delighted to have taken a step closer to returning to the town by agreeing a three-year groundshare deal with local rivals Barwell FC.

AFC will move to Kirkby Road ahead of the start of next season, bringing to an end the first team’s two-year stay at The Welfare Ground in Ibstock.

The deal, which has been lodged with the Midland Football League and will run until the summer of 2023, allows the club to continue its progression back towards Hinckley and is a significant step closer to our ultimate goal of bringing the town’s community football club home.

Hinckley AFC chairman, Bryan White, said: “We’re delighted to be playing our home games at Barwell for the next three seasons.

“As soon as the opportunity arose last week, we moved quickly to secure the move back into our borough and closer to our town.

“The facilities there are excellent for the level we’ll be playing at, and the move represents a great stride forward for Hinckley AFC.

“We’re grateful to Barwell for being so welcoming and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

Barwell chairman, Dave Laing, added: “The agreement between our two clubs will benefit local football.  It is well known that Hinckley AFC have been trying to return to Hinckley and I see this as helping them do that.

“I am sure our two clubs will both benefit from this arrangement and I would like to put on record that it has been a pleasure in working with representatives of Hinckley AFC.”

Everyone at Hinckley AFC is looking forward to working with Barwell in what we hope will be a successful new era for the club.

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