Ramsgate FC boss hopes for community hub in build up to launch of The Southwood

Ramsgate FC CEO Paul Bowden-Brown Photo Adam Brown / Ramsgate FC

Ramsgate Football Club has given its club house an overhaul and it will launch on March 2 under a new name.

The Southwood is now being run by ex-director and current supporter of the club Stephen Redford who has moved out of the Elms Club in Ramsgate as the lease was not being renewed.

The move comes after club CEO Paul Bowden-Brown decided the venue needed “a transfusion of effort and support.”

Paul said: “Stephen had the time, energy and business prowess necessary so we negotiated a contract that would benefit both for the long term. At the same time Stephen put plans in place that refurbished the club during January from being a tired old building to a vibrant facility.”

The Southwood will be open in the evenings throughout the week with full opening hours to be advertised in due course. It will be open for visiting football supporters’ home or away whenever a match is played at the stadium and youth volunteer Cindy Roddam has been appointed catering manager..

The boardroom has also been moved into the venue and will be. refurbished with club memorabilia hung on the walls. It will be renamed the “Lawson Suite” in recognition of owner Richard Lawson.

Paul says the club will work with its neighbours to make sure they are not inconvenienced and hopes The Southwood will become “a new hub for the community.”

The Southwood will have its ribbon cut before the match against Three Bridges on Saturday, March 2, kick-off 3pm. All are welcome.