OxVox / Firoka statement – The Kassam Stadium

8th Oct 2016

The following statement was released to local media today:

06.00 Saturday 8 October 2016

OxVox, The Oxford United’s Supporters’ Trust and Firoz Kassam, can confirm that constructive and positive discussions have taken place over recent months regarding the potential for future community ownership of the Kassam Stadium. Whilst both parties remain in the early stages of these talks, we would like to place on record our thanks to Firoz Kassam personally and his Board of Directors, for working closely with us to explore and support the Trust in discussing options for the long term ownership of the Kassam Stadium.

Talks remain confidential and private at this time, but both parties are keen to progress the conversations further over the coming months.

Firoz Kassam said

“While there is a great deal to do before any agreement could be made to make the Kassam Stadium community-owned, I am happy to confirm the principle, after discussions with OxVox, that the target for the stadium is that it should pass into community ownership for the future security of the football club and the benefit of the local community. I look forward to working with OxVox further in the coming months to make progress towards that aim.”

Trust Chairman, Jem Faulkner added

“Meetings and regular communication has been going on for some time with various key stakeholders and that of course has included Firoz Kassam and his Board. The highly constructive nature of our talks with Firoz Kassam have been very encouraging and it has become clear that he shares our vision to see if a community owned solution for the stadium can be achieved for the benefit of OUFC, it’s fans and the wider community. Everything is all still at a very early stage and there is much detail to work through, but the willingness of all parties to talk openly and discuss the possibilities gives us great cause for optimism.”