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ST. MODWEN SUPPORTS STRATFORD RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB AT MEON VALE

St. Modwen has announced the start of a two year charity partnership with Stratford upon Avon Rugby Football Club (SRFC) at Meon Vale, by providing a significant donation.

The funds will support the delivery of a two storey extension to the SRFC stadium, making the club more accessible to those with disabilities by improving the main entrance and social areas. As part of the works, a platform lift will be installed to enable people in wheelchairs to access the first floor, which will be used as a dedicated viewing area.

Peter Rudd, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are always keen to assist communities where we are engaged in local regeneration and we’re delighted to be able to help fund the new disabled facility at SRFC, and provide on-going support as our charity partner at Meon Vale.”

James Freeman, Centre Manager at Meon Vale Leisure Centre, said “Stratford RFC players already use the facilities at Meon Vale Leisure Centre, including our state-of-the-art pitch, so it’s great to be able to extend the relationship further by providing personal training sessions for the team. As part of the ongoing partnership with SRFC, we will also be hosting a number of fundraising events on site for the charity.”

Jo Littler, President of the Stratford Rugby Football Club, said: “One of our players, Gareth Rees, was seriously disabled from the neck down whilst playing for the club 5 years ago, and while he continues to attend all home and away games, he cannot access the full site without assistance. St. Modwen’s generous donation has allowed us to start work on the fundamental improvements needed to make the club accessible for all, opening up the sport to all members of the local community – regardless of their mobility.”

St. Modwen’s regeneration of the 470 acre Meon Vale site represents a £100m investment to create a truly mixed-use development which includes Meon Vale Business Park, providing over 800,000 sq ft of industrial/warehouse buildings, as well as housing, a convenience store and village hall, public open space and woodland.