Local schoolchildren were present for the official launch of the Essex Auto Group Graham Gooch Cricket Centre.
Joining St Pious School from Chelmsford were Essex First XI players and coaching staff. Graham Gooch (Batting Coach) and Paul Grayson (Head Coach) were joined by: Grant Flower, Maurice Chambers, James Foster, Graham Napier and Ryan ten Doeschate.
This event was held just three days before Essex's trip to the Netherlands – where ten Doeschate is set to compete against the Netherlands.
Essex Auto Group have agreed a three-year sponsorship of the popular Graham Gooch Cricket Centre.
David East, Essex Cricket Chief Executive commented on the support given by Essex Auto Group, “We are delighted to have Essex Auto Group supporting our indoor cricket centre – the centre is actively used throughout the year, providing first-class facilities to cricket players of all ages and abilities”.
The Cricket Centre opened in 1977 and was extended to six lanes in 1992. Over the years many thousands of cricketers have trained alongside Essex’s elite. Last year there were tens of thousands of visitors to the Cricket Centre and coaching took place throughout the year.
Matt Brown, Essex Auto Group Marketing Director added, “Essex Auto Group has a long standing and proud association with Essex Cricket, we are delighted to announce our involvement with the Cricket Centre and investment in youth cricket at grass root level. The club has long standing tradition of producing some of England’s finest professional cricketers and we hope that with our support the club will be able to continue this great legacy”.
Essex Auto Group is committed to supporting proactive measures that help protect and sustain the environment we operate in for future generations, the group operate 7 franchises from 7 Essex based locations and are a proud ‘Investor in People’ accredited company, employing around 300 people from the area.