Prime Minister David Cameron visited Chadlington Cricket Club yesterday (Friday 2 July) to help unveil the club’s new match pitch, which has been installed thanks to funding from The Lord’s Taverners and MCC Foundation.
The Lord’s Taverners donated £3,000 towards the cost of the new pitch (costing £9,013) while MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, donated £4,375, with the club funding the remaining £1,638. 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 year and will donate nearly £3 million this year to help give young people a sporting chance. Last year, The Lord’s Taverners donated over £400,000 to cricket clubs, schools and youth organisations in the form of cricket equipment bags and grants for non-turf pitches and nets.
In addition, 312 boys from 24 inner-city areas participated in the 14th Lord’s Taverners Under 14s Inner Cities Cricket Competition, while 4,000 youngsters received cricket coaching, over 300 went on to join a local club and 55 coaches qualified through The Lord’s Taverners CitiCricket programme, which takes place in some of the UK’s most challenged local communities. Mr Cameron spoke at The Lord’s Taverners Christmas Lunch at London’s Grosvenor House hotel in December 2009. In his speech, Mr Cameron saluted the work of voluntary organisations, like The Lord’s Taverners, and their positive contribution to Britain’s future.
Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “We believe that sport and recreation are essential for all young people. The Lord’s Taverners provides cricket equipment, coaching and grants to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK to encourage participation in cricket and help youngsters enjoy the benefits that playing sport in a competitive team environment offers. We are proud to support Chadlington Cricket Club and hope the new pitch will help more youngsters to get active and play cricket.”