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£3.4million boost for Ringwood football facilities project to help future Lionesses





A £3.4million project to improve football facilities in Ringwood will see “new opportunities” offered to women and girls.

NFDC, Ringwood Town Council and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust are working together to create “great facilities for future Lionesses”, as well as for disabled and elderly players.

The district council has contributed £535,000 towards the project.

New Forest District Council (NFDC), Ringwood Town Council, and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust at Ringwood community hub
New Forest District Council (NFDC), Ringwood Town Council, and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust at Ringwood community hub

A 3G artificial turf pitch has already been laid at the Ringwood community hub in Long Lane, Kingston, and is being enjoyed by football teams.

A new two-storey pavilion which will house changing rooms, offices and a club house is currently being built.

Construction work has already started on creating a new club house and changing rooms at Ringwood community hub
Construction work has already started on creating a new club house and changing rooms at Ringwood community hub

Cllr Dan Poole, portfolio holder for community, safety and wellbeing, said: “As part of the development, we’ll see more opportunities for women’s and girl’s football, disability football and walking football.

New 3G artificial turf has already been laid at Ringwood's football ground
New 3G artificial turf has already been laid at Ringwood's football ground

“We also hope to see wider community focused programmes such as community safety initiatives and cognitive reminiscence sessions.”

Steve Cuss, head of AFC Bournemouth community sports trust, added: “We are really pleased to be working with New Forest District Council on this project, and excited to begin the next phase of development within Ringwood.

“The pavilion will offer a great football and community setting that can be enjoyed by existing players and new participants, who will be able to take part in a variety of activities onsite covering education, physical activity, inclusive programmes and social opportunities.”

To find out more visit https://www.afcb.co.uk/videos/community/ringwood-community-hub-3g-open/



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