Sixways-AEP deal to bolster community ties


Sixways Stadium with new tenant Image: Sixways Stadium

The Sixways Stadium in Worcester, England (UK) has announced that the Access Educational Provision (AEP) has signed a multiyear deal to be tenants at the venue.

‘Sixways Stadium’ stated that the home of the Worcester Warriors Rugby Club will see the AEP move into the stadium from June this year, operating on site from Mondays to Fridays.

The 12,067-capacity Sixways Stadium is a stadium in Worcester, England (UK). It is currently used for rugby union and association football matches.

Droitwich (UK)-based the Access Educational Provision (AEP) is a team of educators who provide bespoke, tailored educational solutions to the young people within Worcestershire (UK) with a focus on improving the academic performance, behavior and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem. Their mission is to support the vulnerable and at-risk young people to engage with education and vocational aspirations by offering personalized one-to-one or small group education.

‘Sixways Stadium’ further stated that the AEP’s move to Sixways Stadium provides them with the opportunity to continue their growth and to venture towards expansion into the independent specialist school sector and working closely with the team at Sixways. The AEP will be looking to develop links within the community that provide greater engagement opportunities for the young people.

Remarked Rachael Ginger and Lisa Cashmore, Co-Founders of Access Education Provision, “The Sixways Stadium brings a new dimension to the AEP, offering inspiration, aspiration and ambition to our young people. To walk in the steps of the sport stars that have achieved greatness and inspired a community is life changing for them. The Sixways Stadium is a culmination of our ambition to provide education for all children who are struggling to thrive within the mainstream environment. The site provides a premier location, is easily accessible and offers students a wealth of space, sporting facilities and there is the opportunity to introduce more specialist provision such as counseling and mentoring, a sensory room and a full sporting program tailored towards mental health and wellbeing. The increase of space also means a greater offering of vocational and academic pathways for the students to develop.”

Noted Laura Napper, Director of Commercial at Sixways Stadium, “We’re looking forward to working together with the AEP and providing a safe and innovative space for their learners to develop. It’s great to see the stadium utilized for the greater good. As well as a busy conference and events business and sporting facility, we want to be able to support more impactful change within the community, and the passion that Rachael, Lisa and the rest of the team show in the work they do, is truly inspirational.”

Rugby has long been associated with supporting children who have been excluded from mainstream education and it is the determination of the new management that the community around Worcester be served.

Despite no professional rugby at Sixways since 2022, the stadium has been open and catering for businesses for meeting, conference and entertainment purposes, as well as hosting football matches for Worcester Raiders F.C. who play in the Hellenic League Premier Division (English men’s football league covering an area including the English counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Southern Herefordshire, Southern Warwickshire, Northern Wiltshire, and Southern Worcestershire), Worcester City men’s and women’s teams and the Junior Premier League (clubs who want to develop their players through a ‘best with best’ ethos) Finals for The Football Association (FA).

London (UK)-based The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

Their ever popular Christmas Party Programme has also been launched with a whole host of themed nights set for November and December.

Concluded Beth Reader, Director of Operations at Sixways Stadium, “It was clear from Day One that Sixways is a perfect fit for the AEP to fulfill their ambitious plans for growth, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Lisa and Rachael as they expand their provision and empower more children to overcome challenges and thrive. The team at Sixways are laser-focused on the mission to rebuild a financially secure and sustainable business which is ready for the return of professional sport, including the Worcester Warriors. The stadium is active and, in fact, thriving. Agreeing to a multiyear lease with the AEP is an exciting step forward in our journey and showcases our capabilities as a multipurpose venue in being able to cater to a whole range of businesses and organizations.”

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