Savills Partners Surrey County Cricket Club
Real estate adviser Savills is to become a community partner of Surrey County Cricket Club and the headline partner for the Oval Community Plus initiative.
The agreement will see the firm giving financial support to the club’s community programme and be of benefit to children and young people across inner London.
Savills sponsorship arrangement will help to secure existing community programmes currently at risk from government funding. The firm will become overall supporter of the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre (BHLC), a state-of-the-art classroom built within the Kia Oval, which delivers numerous projects including flagship study support scheme ‘Playing for Success’, the Gifted and Talented initiative, the Howzat Education Project and the Re-engagement programme.
The agreement will also see Savills staff enter into a volunteer programme to include after school mentoring and coaching at BHLC, which attracts over 1,300 children and young people every year. The firm has committed to providing work experience opportunities for some members of the community programme.
Jeremy Helsby, CEO of Savills, says: “We remain committed to supporting charitable causes across our global business and encourage teams at country level to support local initiatives. This initiative allows our staff to get involved with volunteer work, which is a fantastic opportunity, and I have no doubt that with their energy and enthusiasm many will make a significant contribution to the programmes.”
Richard Gould, Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club, added: “Surrey is rightly proud of its excellent community programmes and the support of major firms such as Savills will be a major boost in coming years.
“Schemes such as Playing for Success epitomise what can be achieved with a successful marriage of sport and education. Support of this kind will allow us to continue running them in years to come.”
In the UK Savills supports two main corporate charities, Honeypot and LandAid. Its graduate team continue to support I CAN, a charity assisting children with speech, language and communication needs by carrying out projects at the Meath School in Surrey raising money and spending a day per person at the school to work on a project to build an outdoor classroom. In addition the firm supports charitable events on a national and regional level throughout the calendar year.