From the football pitch to building homes
Rio Ferdinand’s career as a footballer for West Ham, Man Utd and England, is probably as good as you can get, I would say that having been a life long supporter of West Ham and a visitor to Upton Park on a number of occassions.
He has now become involved in building homes, along with ex-Fulham striker Bobby Zamora and current West Ham captain Mark Noble, they are part of the Legacy Foundation a regeneration company. Their first project expected to start in 2017 will be to build 1,300 homes at a 22-hectare site at Houghton Regis, of which fifty per cent will be social and affordable housing, the Bedfordshire site will include a sports academy, a creche, a leisure centre with a gym and swimming pool as well as education and community facilities.
According to the recent news report the footballers’ share of the profits from the housing projects will be put back into the foundation to ensure the continuation of youth and sports facilities on the sites where they build.
Well done to Rio and fellow partners, hoping they make as good a success with the development projects as they have with their footballing careers, and in so doing creating much needed social and affordable housing.