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The Lord’s Taverners and Macquarie Group are pleased to announce a joint partnership which will offer sporting opportunities to young people in the UK. Macquarie is the first corporate partner to be involved with all Lord’s Taverners activities, from fundraising events, cricket matches and golf days to grassroots youth cricket and disability sport. The partnership has special significance for Macquarie, which places particular emphasis on supporting the communities in which it operates. Macquarie staff will have the opportunity to volunteer at table cricket heats and other youth sports competitions.
At the heart of the partnership is support for the Charity’s iconic table cricket competition. Table cricket enables young people with disabilities and special needs to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis. The competition, which will be renamed the Macquarie National Table Cricket Competition, features regional heats with a prestigious national final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The partnership will officially be launched on Thursday 17 February at Macquarie’s CityPoint offices in London, where disabled local youngsters will play a series of exhibition matches with Macquarie staff invited to take part. Joining the youngsters and staff will be Lord’s Taverners President, Chris Tarrant, former England cricket captain, Mike Gatting, actor Robert Powell and the Charity’s table cricket ambassador, former EastEnders favourite Ricky Groves.
Graeme Conway, Head of Macquarie Capital Advisers in Europe, commented, “Macquarie is proud to support the great work done by The Lord's Taverners. Many of our staff and clients enjoy the sport of cricket and it's a fitting partnership which enables us to positively impact the lives of young people around the UK.”
Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said, “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with disabilities who often find opportunities limited. We are hugely grateful for Macquarie’s support and excited to be working alongside them for the next three years. Macquarie’s support of our national table cricket competition will allow us to give a sporting chance to more young people with disabilities than ever before.”