BURTON Albion manager Nigel Clough has opened a new building at a Sherratts Wood Farm.
The Brewers manager took time out from training to visit one of three venues run by Sherratts Wood CIC – which offers inspirational activities for adults of all ages with learning or physical disabilities.
The new building is at the 20-acre Staffordshire farm venue where a range of indoor and outdoor activities includes sports, art, cooking, life skills, IT skills, gardening and horticulture.
The new facility offers a high-quality indoor fitness suite, a music and music production room, a new arts and crafts room and a sensory room which offers a space to shut off and be quiet. Future plans include a drama and performance space.
Nigel Clough cut the ribbon to officially open the new building and was taken on a tour.
He said: “It was a pleasure to visit Sherratts Wood Farm, see this fantastic new facility and meet all the people who have worked so hard to make it happen.
“The new building will offer some great opportunities and I wish everyone every success for the future.”
Louise Fletcher-Chard, one of the directors, said: “Sherratts Wood started nine years ago at this farm and 18 months ago we realised we had outgrown the existing facility and we started this building. We have done it in house, so it has been a labour of love.
“We are so pleased with it and it has been led by the people who come here who have told us what they want. We understand we needed specialist areas for them like the sensory room and fitness is another big one and we have disability-friendly equipment and there are enterprise activities where people are making and selling goods and then keeping the proceeds - which they put towards social activities. The new art room will lead to bigger projects and the music room which will be hugely popular.
“We are thrilled that Nigel Clough found the time to come and visit us. It’s really important for someone who is a big part of the community in East Staffordshire to come out and support us. And we are really grateful.”