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PRESS RELEASE

Saltaire Primary Schools Cricket Festival 2006
& “Official Opening”
By Sports England

For more information, contact Ed Duguid on 01274 585616 or 0772 586 7662.
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The event was held on Tuesday, 18th July at Saltaire Cricket Club in Roberts Park, Saltaire. A great day was had by all! Seven schools eventually participated (Saltaire First was unable to attend, as a result of school priorities). As usual the array of colour from the T-shirts, which had been sponsored by the Co-op, was a wonderful sight across Roberts Park with three games going on concurrently throughout the afternoon.
The day was of course scorchingly hot, so there were lots of huddles of kids, teachers and parents in the shade in between innings! However, both the Co-op (the events sponsors) and ASDA, the national Kwik Cricket sponsors, set up stalls, and provided free bottles of water, fruit juice and, the case of the Co-op also free fresh fruit. This made for a more carnival atmosphere, which added to the proceedings
The event was eventually won by St Walburgas, who beat Hoyle Court, previous winners of the event, convincingly in an exciting final, scoring 251 for 3 wicket to the challengers 203 for 6. St Francis pipped St Cuthberts in the All Saints third place play-off.
So the Cup goes to a new school in St Walburgas for 2006. Everyone went away with free T-shirts and every participant received a medal and certificate signed by "Freddie" Flintoff, the current England captain, which will be awarded at the school assembly before the end of term.
Sport and the kids are the winners, and hopefully the Festival will again have done a little to encourage more participation, and of course in cricket in particular!

The Background Information

On Tuesday, 18th July at Saltaire Cricket Club, Roberts Park, Saltaire, the Fourth Saltaire Primary Schools Festival will take place during the afternoon from 12.30.

This year this has been organised as part of the School-Club Partnership, and constitutes the finals of a series of primary school knock out events for over 20 local primary schools. These were organised as a follow up to cricket coaching sessions organised to introduce primary school children in West Bradford to cricket before they move to secondary school. This has been partly funded by a lottery grant.

The event is part of series of Kwik Cricket competitions nation-wide supported by ASDA. The event has been sponsored locally by United Co-operatives (Yorkshire) for the past 4 years, and has grown through their support of sport and young people in the area. Both organisations will be providing a series of healthy give-aways for the event and each child will receive a medal and commemorative T-shirt funded by the Co-op.

Andrew Fawkes, the Investment Manager for Sports England Yorkshire will “officially open” the £35,000 investment in new facilities at Saltaire Cricket Club. This is part of the national investment by the government through Sports England from the Community Clubs Development Fund (See details below). Saltaire CC is now a designated Focus Club for the area and is now working with schools and the Yorkshire Cricket Board to further promote cricket to young people within the area. Saltaire’s 135-year-old cricket square is being re-laid, a new water supply installed in addition to two new synthetic pitches which have helped the club host more games for local schools.

The Chairman of the Club, Jeff Driver, said; “It has been a fantastic investment from the government to provide quality local facilities to encourage youngsters in the area to come and play cricket in a quality environment. We will do our best as a club to ensure they are effectively used and back it up with qualified coaches. This is a great opportunity to sustain Bradford as a regional centre for excellence in cricket.”

Tony Bowry, the Yorkshire Cricket Board’s West Yorkshire Development Officer also said “This is just one of a series of measures we are pushing forward to increase participation of children in sport in the Bradford area, and of course promoting the wonderful game of cricket!”

If you would like to know more about this event or its background please ring Ed Duguid on either 01274 585616 or on 0772 586 7662.

 
   

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