By relocating their football club, Ringmer AFC secured housing developer funding from Bedford Park Developments to finance a terrific new football facility complete with 3G Pitch and clubhouse. The new 3G pitch serves the club, a school, and generates significant pitch hire revenue to support high quality football in Ringmer for years to come.
Newly formed Ringmer AFC is the result of a merger between Ringmer Football Club (est. 1905) and AFC Ringmer (est. 2004). Formerly based at The Caburn ground, Ringmer FC were forced to withdraw from the Southern Counties Combination League due to escalating running costs, with AFC Ringmer taking up residency for the 18/19 season.
With a pitch that was not fit for purpose, and an outdated clubhouse, significant investment was required to support the continuation of football in the area. However, the cost of upgrading the facilities was prohibitive and the Ringmer FC Trustees and Committee looked to alternative solutions.
Ringmer AFC recognised the value of the land at The Caburn ground and were able to secure their new facility by selling their former ground for residential property development.
As part of the deal, the property developer, Bedford Park Developments, funded the relocation and construction costs of a brand-new facility at the nearby Kings Academy School, with students from Kings and the nearby Primary School benefitting from the use of the pitch during school hours. With planning secured on the new football facility, housing development and rifle club relocation, Bedford Park Developments’ work to develop the former Ringmer ground commenced in September 2020, where 76 new homes will be constructed.
S&C Slatter were engaged to construct a state of the art 3G Pitch, providing the durability required for maximum play and performance, supporting the growth of Ringmer AFC and football within the wider community. A two-storey club house was constructed on site, complete with 4x team changing rooms, upstairs bar and boardroom, food and drink kiosk and facilities for both spectators and officials.
Experienced in sports club relocation the S&C Slatter team undertook all elements of the project, from building the 3G pitch with associated fencing and floodlighting to constructing a new access road and car park. We worked closely with the club to ensure the new football ground would maximise benefits for both club and community, cementing the new location as a hub for football within Ringmer and the Lewes District of East Sussex.
The club and S&C Slatter worked closely together throughout the construction and handover phases and despite the delays caused by heavy rainfall and the coronavirus pandemic, the facility was handed over to the newly formed club in time for their 2020/21 season opener on the 5th September 2020.
S&C Slatter have extensive experience in sports club relocation.
With in-house expertise across design, planning, construction and maintenance, we’ll take care of the process from start to finish. Get in touch to talk to our team.