Clubs strike deal over use of playing fields

Two Lancing Rangers squads at the new Lancing United pavilion at Croshaw Rec in Sompting
Two Lancing Rangers squads at the new Lancing United pavilion at Croshaw Rec in Sompting

TWO football clubs locked in a row over payment for the use of a Sompting playing field have struck a deal ending weeks of uncertainty for more than 200 young players.

The youngsters from Lancing Rangers FC are the real winners, as they will now continue to be able to train at the ground their club has used for the last 20 years.

Following negotiations over Rangers’ continued use of Croshaw Rec, senior members from both clubs reached an ‘amicable agreement’ that will see the clubs working ‘in partnership’ in future.

Glenn Souter from Lancing United said he was very happy the clubs had reached an amicable agreement.

“The facilities that we have created at Croshaw are second to none and our sole aim when creating the new pavilion was for it to used by members of the local public, both old and young,” he said.

“Ensuring that Lancing Rangers continued to have exclusivity over the area on a Saturday morning was always our aim and I am happy that we will now be able to work in partnership with them and continue to develop the area to make it an even better place for all.

“This is just the start of things to come and it is going to be an exciting time for both clubs.”

Peter Luff, Ian Ellarby, Glenn Souter and Joby Pannell met face-to-face last Thursday to finalise a suitable deal for both clubs.

Rangers’ chairman Peter Luff said everyone at the club was delighted to have worked things out ‘in a fair and reasonable manner’ with Lancing United.

“Like us, they have the interest of the children at heart and it will be fantastic seeing the youth teams use the new facilities at the weekends,” said Mr Luff.

“After all, a number of our players will almost certainly play men’s football for Lancing United FC one day so it is great to be able to work in partnership with them now and look to develop Croshaw even further over the coming years.”

The row began when leaseholders United decided to charge Rangers £40 a week to use the ground, to help cover the costs of their new pavilion and ongoing maintenance works.