Hampshire FA has provided access to Stoneham Lane Football Complex for vital NHS testing services and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
In August 2020, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum presented Hampshire FA with a Certificate of Thanks for providing access to Stoneham Lane Football Complex for COVID-19 testing during the first coronavirus lockdown, spring 2020.
Providing access to Stoneham Lane has allowed the NHS to deploy military teams to the site and operate a mobile testing unit. When the Certificate of Thanks was awarded back in August, the site had hosted the mobile testing unit 16 times, facilitating approximately 2’200 tests.
Since then, Hampshire FA has continued to support these vital testing services, providing access to the facility on numerous occasions for many more tests.
Discussing Hampshire FA’s ongoing support of the NHS, Hampshire FA CEO, Neil Cassar, said, “Hampshire FA is proud to have been able to support the NHS and Local Resilience Forum partners throughout this difficult time. We’d like to extend our thanks to all of these organisations for the incredible work they’re doing. We hope to offer as much support as possible until a time, hopefully not too far into the future, when these testing services are no longer required.”
This month, Stoneham Lane Football Complex will be available as a testing centre on the 17th, 18th and 19th. Hampshire FA will continue to offer availability of the site on an ongoing basis.
Anyone requiring a test can currently book one, free of charge from the NHS, through the government booking service (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). Please make sure that you follow government/NHS guidance on this process. Do not come to the site unless you have pre-booked a test via this service.
The site is accessible to vehicles and pedestrians from Stoneham Lane. Please follow signs for the west car park (the opposite side of the road to where the main building is located).
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When you arrive, the NHS team on-site will instruct you on what to do.