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International real estate advisor Savills has become the first ever corporate partner of the Edgbaston Foundation, the official charity of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Edgbaston Stadium.

Launched today, the partnership will see Savills back the Edgbaston Foundation with support for its community programmes that have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.  The partnership will also encourage Savills employees to volunteer with the Edgbaston Foundation and support the charity with ad hoc community response initiatives.

The partnership will have a particular focus on expanding Edgbaston Foundation programmes that support personal development and employability of underprivileged young people. This will include an extension of the Edgbaston Foundation’s Bears Bursary programme to provide underrepresented young people cricket coaching qualifications and employability support, as well as a programme to support young people with fundamental employment skills to enhance their prospects for entry level positions.

Savills will also support the Roaring Lions social hub for young people and children living with disabilities, which is delivered at Edgbaston Stadium alongside the Children’s Trust.

“Savills has had strong links with Warwickshire for many years and it’s fantastic that it has extended the relationship to the Edgbaston Foundation to help us make a difference in the lives of young people in the community.

Ravinder Masih, Head of Community Engagement & Lead of the Edgbaston Foundation

“As an organisation and a major local employer, Savills is respected for its commitment to social responsibility and our partnership will help extend its impact into an exciting new chapter through our relationship. We are delighted to have the team on board as our inaugural corporate supporters.”

Savills has been a Founding Partner since 2011, when Edgbaston Stadium underwent a £32 million redeveloped project, and the firm has been a loyal platinum member since that time.

Simon Farrant, Head of Office at Savills, said: “It is a pleasure to be supporting the Edgbaston Foundation and to be offering our support with the charity’s highly valuable community programmes. Supporting the local communities throughout our widespread office network is at the core of our business and we look forward to working with the Foundation as it delivers its prestigious programmes across the city region.”

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