Stonegate Homes are proud to work alongside some incredible organisations, athletes and events
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. The state-of-the-art Meadowbank stadium opened for the current 2018/19 season and provides 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 and the superb Healthy Kitchen is run as a not for profit to help re-invest proceeds in to the club.
The name of Stonegate Homes is very visible at the ground with the eponymous stand being filled every match day and the players entering the pitch through the branded tunnel. As well as that, the name appears on the front of shirts on a majority of Dorking Wanderers’ community-based teams from ages 4 through to senior level and our arrangement includes Stonegate sponsoring the training kit for all teams and the prestigious first team Player of the Month and Man of the Match awards.
“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
“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.
Stonegate Homes were extremely proud to be one of the founding official Super Partners of the ground breaking Superhero Series, a mass participation sports event dedicated to those with disability and injury founded by Paralympian and Dorking local Sophia Warner. The idea was very simple; to create fun, full-throttle challenges where people with disabilities call the shots and don't have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions and participants can fly solo or team up with disabled and non-disabled family and friends to do as much or as little as they like with as much or as little support as needed. If they want flippers or floats in the water, or need to use powered wheelchairs, that’s no problem!
The first event, the Superhero Tri, took place in August 2017 with 1750 Superheroes on the course, over 7000 spectators, 21 Super Celebrity Team Captains, 52 Charity Friends and was broadcast on Channel 4. We were delighted to have Rio Paralympic Double Gold Medallist Georgie Hermitage as captain of Team Stonegate on the day who was joined by the incredible Thomas Kellsal and Stevie Soares. This was followed by the Winter Wonderwheels on Sunday 3 December at Dorney Lake, Windsor which was also International Day of Disability. With a very Festive feel and lots of amazing fancy dress hundreds of Everyday Superheroes cycled, walked, ran, pushed, were pushed, and everything in between around Dorney’s spectacular lake over 1km, 5km and 10km challenges. All types of gadgets and gismos were used, from day chairs, handcycles, walking frames and trikes to tandems, race runners, blades and bikes. Once again Georgie Hermitage captained our Celebrity Team and was superbly supported by Ellie Collins, Josie Woolley and Daisy Sewell-Knight all from Ashcombe School in Dorking, who also had several other teams entered. We were also joined by the incredible ‘Powergrangers’ from the Grange in Bookham who brought a huge amount of energy and colour to the day.
The progress of the event was then highlighted at the second Superhero Tri with a huge increase in numbers from last year, with over 2500 competitors and 10,000 spectators, we were honoured that our ambassador, and Paralympic and World Champion, Georgie Hermitage captained Team Stonegate in the Celebrity Tri Race. Despite being injured and missing the European Champs, Georgie went massively out of her comfort zone by swimming the opening leg in the lake, both the first time she had swum in open water and also the furthest distance she had covered! She was joined by Reuben Harvey-Smith, aged 5, on his fabulous Spider-Man prosthetic legs who completed the 1k course with the aid of his Mum, and Neve Allen, aged 12, who despite a congenital short left femur and hip dysplasia, defied doctors who feared she would never walk. The whole day was once again captured by Channel 4 and hosted by Claire Balding.
Sutton & Epsom Rugby Football Club are proud to announce that Stonegate Homes have signed a new three-year sponsorship agreement.
S&ERFC offers both its members and the wider community the opportunity to be part of something very special. The first Sutton club was formed in 1871, the birth year of the RFU itself, while the present club started life in the autumn of 1880 as an off-shoot of the Sutton Bicycle Club – hence the iconic penny-farthing logo which still adorns the club’s black and white hooped strip.
The club of today is one of the largest in the country, capable of putting up to 40 sides in the field, ranging from tender-aged minis, through a thriving junior and colts section, a development XV, five senior men’s sides, including the flagship 1st XV currently competing in the National League, London & SE Premier division, and not to mention a flourishing ladies section which also runs four girls youth sides. The club also runs a large community programme which includes our Satellite Schools Programme, Summer Camp, Surrey Youth Games, Coaching Clinics and Rugby Taster Sessions.
This has not been achieved by chance. The club today is supported by over 3,000 members – 1,200 of them past and present players as well as 1,800 social members. Indeed, the club’s social scene is second to none, with themed festivities and parties galore and ending with the prestigious Black & White Ball. But more importantly, as playing costs, travel expenses and general overheads increase, the club has to rely more and more in forging relationships with local businesses.
Jerry Hinds, Stonegate Homes co-founder, commented, “As a local property development business based in Dorking and operating around Surrey we are particularly looking forward to supporting the varied programme of community projects the club runs. It’s great to help give something back and get kids involved in a great sport like rugby. The team at Stonegate and I are honoured to support this local club which has such a long and distinguished history. I look forward to watching some exciting rugby over the season and we wish the club all the very best.
And now, backed by a dedicated coaching and playing staff, an army of volunteers and our highly valued sponsors, Sutton & Epsom are competing in the National League. There is not a hint of complacency and the club is well aware of the great challenges ahead. But challenges are meat and drink to Sutton and the atmosphere at Rugby Lane today is one of great optimism.
Chairman of Sponsorship & Marketing at S&E, Bob Haime, commented, “We are so pleased that Stonegate have come on board to partner with us – they’re a great bunch and really into their rugby. But more importantly it establishes yet another bond with a local business and helps us to plan and build for the future – and cement our place in the National League.
Stonegate Homes were delighted to be the headline sponsors of the second edition of the Injured Jockey Fund Floodlit Football Match which took place at Cheltenham Town Football Club after the days racing at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday 18th April. A hotly contested match saw an AP McCoy XI take on a Cheltenham Town Legends XI which resulted in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw. There was also a fun half time penalty shoot-out which saw a raft of well-known trainers put under the intense pressure of scoring a penalty under pressure!
Most importantly, the whole event smashed last year’s fundraising total of £25,000 to raise a whopping £45,000 which will go directly to supporting the fantastic work carried out by the Injured Jockey Fund. The next edition of this superb event will be held at Cheltenham again next year on Wednesday 17th April.
Stonegate Homes are proud to work alongside some incredible athletes providing support in their quest to reach the top of their respective disciplines.
Jamie is from a well-known racing family, with his two brothers and sister riding and his parents running a successful training yard. His most notable successes to date include winning the Scottish Grand National on Al Co in 2014, the Welsh Grand National on Mountainous in 2015, the Tingle Creek (twice!), Queen Mother Champion Chase and Clarence House Chase on Sire De Grugy. You can follow Jamie on Twitter here:
Georgie is the reigning Paralympic , World and European Champion in the T37 100m and 400m as well as being the World Record Holder in the 100m, 200 and 400m. Inspired to take athletics back up after watching the London 2012 Games she made a promise to her daughter Tilly that she would only do if she won gold; the rest as they say is history. On top of that, she helps us promote the Superhero Series as our Team Stonegate Captain and also visits local schools to inspire the next generation and the importance of being active. You can follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/Georgie400m or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/georgiehermitage/?hl=en
Following a scholarship at the prestigious Wentworth Club as a teenager, Liam is now forging his way in the game competing on the Mena Tour and PGA EuroPro. To keep up to date with his progress follow him on Twitter:
Hector is an apprentice jockey who already has over 90 wins on the flat since 2013 and many good judges are tipping to the be one of the next big names in flat racing. You can follow Hector on Twitter https://twitter.com/HectorCrouch or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hectorcrouch/?hl=en