Friday 8 December 2006 

Alastair Cook Wins Young Sportsperson Of The Year

22 year-old England opener Alastair Cook has won the coveted Square Mile Young Sportsperson of the Year award at Old Billingsgate in London for the second year running. The award, which is sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, is voted for by an independent committee and by sports fans across the UK. Cook, who was voted ‘Young Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Professional Cricketers Association Young Player of the Year’ in 2005, is now a permanent fixture in the England side and is currently in Australia competing for the Ashes.

Having recognised Cook’s potential to succeed at international level, Standard Chartered this year agreed a sponsorship of the cricketer who has become an ambassador for the bank. Through Alastair, Standard Chartered aims to heighten awareness of opportunities that inspire young people to participate in cricket, and wider sports, thereby paving the way to uncover future sporting talent.

Brendon Hopkins, Standard Chartered CEO, UK/Europe, saluted Cook’s achievement by saying:

“We are delighted that Alastair has won this award for the second consecutive year. He is an outstanding sportsman who is excelling at a very young age and we are very proud to be associated with him. Standard Chartered is committed to partnership and team work and this award is proof of the value of our partnership with Alastair.”