CRICKET - Worcestershire unveil new multi-faith and quiet space at New Road - The Worcester Observer

CRICKET - Worcestershire unveil new multi-faith and quiet space at New Road

Aaron Sutcliffe 19th Jun, 2024 Updated: 19th Jun, 2024   0

WORCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club have unveiled a new multi-faith and quiet space located between the Chestnut Marquee and the Family Stand at New Road.

Pears CEO Ashley Giles, BBC’s Qasa Alom and four junior Worcestershire members who served as match mascots for the fixture against Northants Steelbacks officially opened the inclusive and welcoming room.

Designed to provide visitors of all backgrounds with a serene environment for reflection, prayer and relaxation, the multi-faith and quiet space is now open to all visitors during regular matchday hours.

Giles said: “We are thrilled to introduce this new multi-faith and quiet space to our visitors.

“At New Road, we strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and respected. This space is a testament to our dedication to inclusivity and community, providing a sanctuary for all who visit.”

The BBC’s Alom said: “Having a designated area for quiet reflection and prayer is essential in today’s diverse society.

“It’s wonderful to see Worcestershire County Cricket Club taking such proactive steps to accommodate all visitors.”

The club conducted a special ceremony prior to the match against Northants with young supporters afforded the unique opportunity to help open the room.

Giles added: “This space not only enhances our facilities but also reflects our core values of respect and community.

“We hope it will be a place where visitors can find peace and solace, whether they are here for a match, an event, or simply visiting the ground.”

Director of Rapid Retail, Neil Radford, said: “We are incredibly proud to have played a part in bringing this multi-faith and quiet space to life.

“At Rapid Retail, we understand the importance of creating inclusive environments that cater to the diverse needs of the community.

“This space at New Road is a perfect example of how thoughtful design and dedicated effort can come together to provide a sanctuary for all visitors, enhancing their overall experience.”


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