Wednesday 5 September 2007 

Cricket Club Gears Up For Day Of Celebration

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is gearing up for a day of mass celebration when they welcome up to 4,000 people for a special day on Saturday 15th September.

Just under 900 children – between the age of four and 11 – achieved 100% school attendance throughout the 2006/07 academic year and they will be joined by their friends and families in a day of celebration at The County Ground.

A certificate presentation and a full Twenty20 match between young Derbyshire players will take place on the day and the Cricket Club are pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable day.

A mini-edition of Night Watchman magazine has been prepared, entertainment will be laid-on around the ground and ticket claims are going through the roof as The County Ground prepares for one of the busiest days of the summer.

Derbyshire CCC Head of Commercial, Keith Loring, who pioneered the scheme in conjunction with the City Council said: “Everything will be laid on for these youngsters as though it is a normal match-day, giving them the opportunity to sample the atmosphere of cricket at The County Ground.

“We are staging the event for the first time this year, but we hope to continue it long into the future, offering an incentive to youngsters to keep up their attendance levels throughout the year.

“Hopefully, in years to come, this can become an established event in the Derbyshire County Cricket Club calendar.

“From a personal point of view, it is great to be involved in something that is giving recognition to achievers and we will pull out all the stops to ensure that it is a day to remember. “

Councillor Sara Bolton, City Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I am very pleased that we and the Cricket Club are working together on this initiative to reward our young people. The Children and Young People Department wants to see all pupils attend school as much as possible. In the past there has been no particular recognition of those who have recorded a full attendance and so this day will be an opportunity to both recognise and reward them with what promises to be a great day out.”

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