Asfordby Football Club have strengthened their long-term security after taking a full lease of the Melton Mowbray Town Estate’s Asfordby Acres sports ground.
The two organisations last week agreed a 30-year lease which gives the club a chance to gain support from the FA and other sports organisations, while protecting the Town Estate’s valuable long-term investment.
Andy Harrison, chairman of the football club, now hopes to make improvements for all users of the Hoby Road site which features a clubhouse, sportshall and 10 football pitches.
“We could not be more excited to be given the opportunity to manage the site ourselves and secure a long and great future for the football club,” he said.
“Our drive and passion is to encourage our local community to enjoy these wonderful facilities alongside ourselves, for sport and leisure.”
Peter Roffey, co-chairman of the Town Estate, which owns the site, added: “I am delighted we have reached an agreement that preserves the Town Estate’s long-term investment while giving the football club every opportunity to thrive.”
Asfordby Amateurs Sports and Social Club, which laid out the 19-acre site, was originally formed as a not-for-profit organisation 30 years ago.
But as the size of its executive committee dwindled, the facility was passed on to the Town Estate in 2014 who changed the name to Asfordby Acres.