Chester FC have agreed terms for a new 50-year lease on the Swansway Chester Stadium and secured training facilities for the 2014-15 season.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) granted the fan-owned club a five-year lease on the Bumpers Lane ground in 2010.

Danish consortium Fodbold Selskabet submitted a rival bid but the council sided with the City Fans United (CFU) supporters group, who relaunched the club two weeks later.

Blues bosses have confirmed the lease will include the car park, meaning the club can bring in additional revenue through events.

And the length of the lease will give the club greater access to grant funding to improve the stadium and associated facilities.

Heads of terms have been agreed enabling the club to make progress, with the lease process expected to be completed within 12 weeks.

Blues chairman Tony Durkin led the negotiations and he praised the council for the support it has shown the club.

He said: "We have been extremely thankful for the co-operation and assistance we have received from CWaC whilst negotiations have been taking place and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the foresight that the council has shown in its support of Chester FC."

In addition to the new lease, the club has reached an agreement with main sponsor MBNA that will see them using the £4.5m 'Field of Dreams' facility at the credit card giant's headquarters on Chester Business Park.

With the club moving towards full-time football, manager Steve Burr and his squad will have daytime access to a gymnasium and top class training pitches during the summer months.

And a new agreement with the University of Chester will ensure the team can train uninterrupted using the 3G pitch at the Parkgate Road campus while the club will again have access to the Total Fitness gymnasium on Liverpool Road.

Burr said: "After visiting these facilities, we were pleased to find that they are of premiership standard and will help in encouraging good quality players to join Chester FC."

Blues business development manager Dave Riche said: "I am delighted that the Club’s relationships with three of the most prominent and respected Chester businesses will enable the team to train together and develop all year round.

"I would particularly like to thank these key partners for their generosity in support of the Club."