Pupils pile in to scar-free scrums, thanks to parks group

Stover School’s headmaster Richard Notman (right) thanks Josh Donald for the park group’s generous gift

SPORTING YOUNGSTERS at a Dartmoor school are now able to get their heads down safely in the scrum, thanks to a local family’s holiday parks group.

That’s because South West Holiday Parks has donated to Stover School a new scrum machine on which rugby forwards can practice without fear of injury.

And recently, the park group’s MD Josh Donald was a special guest at the independent school near Newton Abbot for the machine’s official handover.

His company, based in Shaldon near Teignmouth, was thanked for its generosity by Richard Notman, headmaster of Stover School which provides day and boarding facilities.

Mr Donald said that his company was delighted to make the donation as part of its celebrations to mark ten years since he first founded South West Holiday Parks.

Comprising three top-rated parks in Devon and Cornwall, it offers luxury holiday homes to own in some of the West Country’s most spectacular locations.

“It’s been a challenging year for all businesses, especially those in in the hospitality industry,” said Mr Donald who was brought up in a park-owning family on the Isle of Wight.

Coast View park in Shaldon, South Devon, commands sweeping ocean panoramas for holiday home owners

“However, this tenth year has been our busiest ever with a record number of enquiries from people seeking safe, comfortable and well-managed surroundings to enjoy holidays year-round.

“We have always been keen to engage with the communities where our parks operate, and we provide sponsorship to a number of different sporting teams and clubs.

“Our parks are also pleased to be involved with a range of local events and good causes, and many of our staff share our enthusiasm for doing what they can to make a difference.

“We’re delighted that rugby players at Stover now have a safe tool to improve their strength and skills, and we’ll be cheering them on next year!” said Mr Donald who lives near Exeter.

The company’s parks are Coast View in Shaldon, South Devon, Juliots Well Lodge Retreat in Camelford, North Cornwall, and Seaview Gorran Haven in Boswinger, South Cornwall.

Open year-round so that owners can enjoy stays throughout the four seasons, the parks provide holiday caravans and holiday lodges in landscaped grounds with facilities such as pools.

There is more information about the group and its parks at www.southwestholidayparks.co.uk

And this is how it works: pupils demonstrate the scrum machine to Josh Donald and Richard Notman