Two of the West Midlands’ greatest cricketing rivals – Warwickshire CCC and Worcestershire CCC – have put their competitiveness to one side to team-up in support of The Lord’s Taverners in a new fundraising initiative launched in celebration of the charity’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Warwickshire CCC captain Ian Westwood and Worcestershire CCC captain Vikram Solanki have given their backing to the scheme, which invites club cricketers to follow the lead of England captain Andrew Strauss and vice captain Alastair Cook and use the charity’s distinctive red, blue and green cricket bat grip.
The Lord’s Taverners, the official Charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports Charity, is currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and will donate £3 million this year alone to help give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance.
The ‘Get a Grip’ fundraising campaign is being piloted in the West Midlands with the support of Warwickshire CCC and Worcestershire CCC. The fundraising initiative invites cricket clubs and players across the region to ‘Get a Grip’ and raise funds to provide sporting opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters. The campaign is simple for clubs to get involved with, as the charity’s West Midlands Regional Chairman, Trevor Foster, explains:
“The Bat Grip campaign sees The Lord’s Taverners teaming-up with local cricket clubs across the West Midlands in this great fundraising initiative. It is incredible to see two of the region’s greatest cricketing clubs put their long-standing sporting rivalry to one side and support The Lord’s Taverners with this fundraising campaign.
“Clubs who sign-up to the campaign can request up to 30 Lord’s Taverners bat grips, as used by England captain Andrew Strauss and vice captain Alistair Cook, free of charge. The club will then distribute the bat grips to its playing members, who will in return pledge to raise money for their cricket club and the charity. At the end of the season, the club will keep half of the money raised to reinvest in their club, and donate the other fifty percent to The Lord’s Taverners.”