Newmarket Town have joined forces with Sky Bet League Two side Cambridge United in a move to help extend the community outreach programme of the U’s.
The Jockeys are currently in the process of having a state-of-the-art 3G artificial pitch laid at their Cricket Field Road ground, with Cambridge set to provide the opposition in a friendly to mark the opening of the new facilities on July 19.
United will be using the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club’s ground for their academy teams to train on, while a two-week Soccer School is being held this summer by the U’s to begin another one of their open access programmes.
Cambridge United’s youth development and community manager James Cutting said: “Having met Kevin Grainger (Newmarket Town, first team manager) and Kevin Parsons (Newmarket Town, coach) at the facility last week it’s an incredibly exciting time for their football club.
“As the professional club in the area, to support and work in partnership with them will be fantastic. We hope that our community programmes will help Newmarket Town Football Club develop their future fan base in the same way that it does for ours.
“It really will be an excellent facility and we are delighted to be able to make use of it in what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.”
Grainger added: “Newmarket Town are currently going through a transitional period with a brand new artificial pitch being installed along with improvements to the current facilities.
“Forming this partnership with Cambridge United couldn’t have come at a better time, linking with our local professional club is huge for us and something we hope can continue for many years to come.”