Date: 12th July 2015 at 9:55am
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The proposed plans for Aberdeen and the University of Aberdeen to develop a shared training facility have been scraped, which is of course a blow for all concerned but this wasn’t viewed as a viable option moving forward….

Balgownie will continue to be used by the Dons this season, as one of our training bases.

After years of working on a joint project the Official Website announced this week we would ‘discontinue’ the proposed plans when the season ends.

Part of the statement released that confirmed this did stress we’ll be honouring the agreement for the remainder of the season.

‘As plans have progressed, it has become apparent that the combined usage demands will be too great for the facility to accommodate and as such it has been decided to discontinue the proposal for shared facilities.

‘The university will continue to use Balgownie as one of its main sporting facilities and the current usage of the site by AFC, AFC Youth Development and AFCCT will remain for the rest of this season as per the existing agreement with the university.’

Alternative sites, within the area, are currently being explored in the hope of finding something suitable soon enough.

Having build up a strong relationship with the Uni the statement added that both parties are disappointed by the news but we hope to continue this relationship.

‘While both parties are disappointed these plans have not come to fruition, the project has fostered a stronger working relationship between AFC and the university and both organisations look forward to continuing that relationship going forward.’

It goes without saying this is a blow but if its not something that can work, sustainably to benefit all concerned going forward, this course of actions has to be seen as the best action to take doesn’t it?


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