Local housebuilder Crest Nicholson has thrown its support behind Ringwood Town Football Club and AFC Bournemouth Community Trust, agreeing a new long-term lease in its Long Lane home.


The 10 acre site, which is owned by Crest Nicholson, has been home to Ringwood Town FC for a number of years. More than 26 teams, ranging from under six ‘Little Kickers’ up to open age adult teams use the playing fields for their matches. The new lease will enable the clubs to continue to use the space more affordably, driving love for the game amongst the local community.


AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, who are based in and operate the Ringwood Community Hub, also use the pitches to deliver multiple programmes across the community.


Phil King, Chair of Ringwood Town FC, said: “Our club is volunteer run, not for profit, and we do all we can to deliver football for all in the local community. We rely on goodwill and understanding of our limited resources to do what we do. We whole heartedly thank Crest Nicholson and the Council for coming together to agree this new affordable lease for many years to come, as it will allow us to continue to provide great facilities and games for our many youth teams!”


Steve Cuss, Head of Community at AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, added: “The continued support of Crest Nicholson enables us to continue operating the site to provide community activities for the people of Ringwood and surrounding areas. It will undoubtedly contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of those participating in football and other activities on the Community Hub site.”


Nicholas Daruwalla, Land Director at Crest Nicholson South, adds: “We are really proud to support Ringwood Town Football Club and AFCB Community Sports Trust by enabling the organisations, who are crucial parts of the community, and their members to continue using the pitches at our upcoming new development in Ringwood. Getting involved in local sports helps build stronger, healthier, happier, safer and more sociable communities; and we look forward to many local residents, including both adults and young people, making the most of these community facilities for years to come.”