Joint statement on the future of Worcester Warriors
Following a meeting earlier today, the following statement has been jointly issued by Robin Walker MP, Harriett Baldwin MP, Wychavon District Council, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council and the Worcester Warriors Action Group.
"We will do all we can to retain professional, elite rugby at Sixways and protect the extraordinary legacy of the late Cecil Duckworth and his family.
"We jointly call on the current Worcester Warriors owners to act in the best interests of the club, the players, the staff, the fans and the community served by the club, including the Warriors Community Foundation. We think it is essential that the club and all of its property assets remain linked.
"While we recognise that there are significant opportunities for development at the Sixways site, we believe that these need to be utilised for the purpose of sustaining the rugby club and the wider ambitions of the local sporting community.
"As a point of clarification in relation to the car park, Worcestershire County Council has a lease on the car park until 2057 and will be retaining that interest, with match day parking arrangements remaining in place. There is no intention of surrendering that lease.
"We are all very clear that we are prepared to work supportively with potential investors to find a positive outcome for the future of Worcester Warriors."