MK Lions: 15 years’ history and 21 days to find a home

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MK LIONS chief executive Vince Macaulay says he has three weeks to find a new home in the city, or he will be forced to move the club elsewhere.

He says he is ‘staring down the barrel’ at the end of Lions’ 15-year stay in Milton Keynes, having been forced out of a third venue in four years last month.

After their exits from Bletchley Leisure Centre and Middleton Hall in thecentre:mk, it was hoped that the British Basketball League side had found a new permanent home in their warehouse in Winterhill.

However, that dream came to an end when the landlords decided to sell the site for retail use, meaning Lions are once again attempting to make plans for a new season with no place to call home.

And Macaulay says time really is up for the team in MK if he can’t find a new place to put down some roots for the future. He’s no longer interested in short-term fixes, but does insist he is doing everything in his power to keep Lions in the city.

“How can I turn my back on 15 years of basketball here?” he said.

“I have a meeting planned next week about the potential use of a site we could develop, but if that doesn’t come off then we really do have no further options. What are we supposed to do?”

It’s thought Lions have received offers to move to other towns, but that is a last resort for Macaulay, who says he only has 21 days left to find a new home before he will have to make plans to set up camp somewhere else in time to build a team for the 2012/13 BBL season.

His comments come in the same week that the club have confirmed trial dates for some of their highly successful National League youth sides.

Around 700 young people in the local area play under the MK Lions name, and it’s for that reason the club’s chief executive is refusing to give up hope.