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Hackney Wick may be battling for their Essex Senior League status but the club have recently announced that their new stadium from next season will be the London Marathon Community Track Stadium, which is in close proximity to West Ham United’s London Stadium. The club have been ground sharing at Old Spotted Dog this season and will share the ground next term with Altis FC. Speaking to the Hackney Gazette, Bobby Kasanga said that despite heavy competition and financial restrictions the Wickers gained the tenancy because the club is a local charity that is heavily involved with guiding youths away from the gang life that plagues many inner city London boroughs. Kasanga went on to say: “We said we can’t afford to pay ridiculous amounts, however if they look at what we do, we’re a community football club, were local and we want to take this.” Whatever happens come the end of the season, the Wickers have now secured a home closer to their local area that could be the stirrup they need to move them forward.

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