Derbyshire County Cricket Club is hosting a day of City Centre fun in Derby’s Market Square on Saturday 22nd May.
The day will include the first public glimpse of new mascot Freddie the Falcon, the launch of a groundbreaking partnership between the Cricket Club and the Cathedral Quarter and the opportunity to play interactive cricket on the big screen.
Juniors (aged 0-12 on 1st January 2010) will have the opportunity to register for FREE Junior Membership of the club on the day, a package that will entitle them to FREE entry for all Derbyshire home cricket matches throughout the season.
Anyone who registers for membership after Freddie the Falcon is unveiled at 12.30pm and before 3pm can have their photograph taken with the new mascot. Venture Photography will email the photograph to the new member free of charge along with a £145 voucher to spend with the company.
Dance routines from Darley Dance School and Star Steppas School of Dance will take place at regular intervals throughout the day and the big screen interactive cricket will be available from 12pm until 3pm.
The partnership with the Cathedral Quarter will see all members of the Club entitled to an ‘I Love the Cathedral Quarter’ card, thus entitling them to new benefits, offers, events and promotions across the Cathedral Quarter.
Cricket Club members already benefit from a scheme with approaching 100 other businesses around Derbyshire, but the ‘I Love the Cathedral Quarter’ card will create a special relationship with businesses in a special part of Derby’s City Centre and will add a terrific new dimension to the benefits initiative.
Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group which drives forward activities as part of the area's Business Improvement District status, said: "I am delighted that the Cathedral Quarter is teaming up with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to offer its members special discounts and offers from our fantastic range of businesses.
"We have a great deal in common with the Club which is something we want to build on. We are both passionate about our product and our customers have a strong sense of loyalty and pride in what we have to offer them.
"The Cathedral Quarter has a reputation for being individual, inspiring and diverse and is an established lifestyle destination.
"We offer something for everyone whether they want to shop, enjoy fine cuisine, browse around a museum, indulge in hair and beauty pampering, gain sound professional advice or enjoy a night out at a bar, restaurant, cinema or theatre. Derbyshire County Cricket Club members will always be assured of a warm welcome in this historic heart of the City Centre."
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is also using the day as a platform on which to promote an exciting forthcoming summer of cricket.
With more Friends Provident t20 cricket that ever before, a two day match against World Champions Australia and the Derbyshire Festival of Cricket – Celebrating 140 Years (sponsored by Orchid IT) to look forward to; 2010 is an exciting year for the Club who are one of only 18 professional teams in the UK.
The match against Australia takes place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July, 10.30am, while the week-long festival begins on Thursday 15th July and includes five matches, showcasing four different forms of cricket, during a seven day period.
Every day of the festival will see a range of additional activities to promote family fun. This will include falconry demonstrations, a real ale tent, wide ranging entertainment for kids including a rodeo bull and bungee / surf eliminators, plus a selection local stalls and exhibitions celebrating Derbyshire.