Two Cornish sporting names take up ambassador positions to promote plans for the Stadium for Cornwall...

TWO OF Cornwall’s best-known sporting names have taken up new ambassador positions to promote plans for the Stadium for Cornwall.

Joining the partners behind the project – Truro and Penwith College, the Cornish Pirates and Truro City FC – former England test cricketer Jack Richards and Olympic medallist rower Annie Vernon will be working to engage and consult with community groups, organisations and charities across Cornwall.

The appointments are designed to help win support for the project after the partners said they would need £6m of public money from Cornwall Council to deliver the stadium.

As well as promoting community and health and wellbeing benefits, both Richards and Vernon will be spearheading the launch of an extensive programme of events, touring across Cornwall throughout the spring to meet community, local council and charity groups.

Vernon, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and now works as a sports writer and journalist, said she has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing, participation and aspirational potential of the stadium.

She will have a particular focus on charity involvement, including elderly and dementia support.

She said: “Cornwall deserves a stadium to provide a focus for sport at all levels, from participation and school sport to high performance and elite. It will be a project for everyone in the Duchy to benefit from and be proud of.”

Penzance-born and raised Jack Richards, who as wicket keeper and batsman played in eight tests for England, won the Ashes in Australia in 1986-87 and played in more than 20 one-day internationals, has a keen interest in community involvement and in ensuring as many sports as possible benefit.

He said: “We need to promote sport and leisure in Cornwall and let the stadium be the heart of that, feeding and serving all areas of the Duchy.”

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