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Posted: 5th October 2017
Major new partnership with community-based developers launched ahead of move to new stadium.
Dorking Wanderers has announced its biggest ever sponsorship deal as the club gets set to bring football back to its traditional town centre home at Meadowbank.
Wanderers will partner over five years with Stonegate Homes, also based in the centre of Dorking, and who both work closely with the local authority Mole Valley District Council. Stonegate Homes specialise in urban regeneration throughout the South East, however their home is firmly in Dorking.
The deal sees Stonegate Homes work with Dorking Wanderers teams at all levels, promoting community engagement, local sporting activity and boosting the benefits of Dorking’s new football stadium for the whole of the town.
When the state-of-the-art Meadowbank stadium opens early in 2018, it will provide a home ground for all Dorking Wanderers’ teams, including the local Development Squad, Ladies, Under 18s and Veterans, as well as hosting training for more than a thousand boys and girls playing in grassroots youth clubs. The clubhouse will be available for use seven days a week.
The name of Stonegate Homes will be very visible with pitch side displays, as well as appearing on the front of shirts on a majority of Dorking Wanderers’ community-based teams from ages 4 through to senior level. The arrangement will also see Stonegate sponsor training kit for all teams and the prestigious first team Player of the Month and Man of the Match awards.
“Dorking Wanderers, Stonegate Homes and Meadowbank are a natural fit,” says the club’s Chairman, Marc White. “More than just a football club, as tenants at the new stadium we want to make this public facility work for the entire community, revitalising this part of the town. Stonegate have been doing that throughout the South East – they’re the experts.”
Founded in 2010, Stonegate Homes has quickly earned a highly respected reputation for transforming commercial land and other brownfield sites throughout the South East into residential and mixed-use developments that regenerate local communities. In Dorking, the company is currently re-developing Federated House by the station, and is working on a sympathetic scheme for the Kuoni site at Horsham Road.
“As a locally based company we have been aware of the incredible progress Dorking Wanderers has been making up the league pyramid, putting the town on the map. So when we knew there was an opportunity to support the club on the next part of its journey, moving into Meadowbank, we really wanted to be involved,” explains Stonegate Homes’ founder Jeremy Hinds.
“We absolutely love the new stadium and the chance to be involved with something at the heart of the community is very important to us.”
Jeremy Hinds adds, “When we met with the volunteers who run Dorking Wanderers, it was immediately clear how much the club meant to them and we hope their passion is shared by more and more Dorking residents as the club continue to grow both on and off the pitch. We’re incredibly enthusiastic about the hundreds of players who represent their local club at all levels – as well as the many hundreds more who we hope will make use of the new stadium.’’
For further information please contact:
Kris Lea (Dorking Wanderers FC) - 07765 242791
Robert Arthur (Stonegate Homes) - 07889 502805
Pictured: Stonegate Homes partner Jerry Hinds (centre) with members of Dorking Wanderers board and playing staff. (Picture courtesy of Steve O’Sullivan)