Monday 12 May 2014 

Lord's Taverners To Name New Minibus Fleet After England Squad

Staff of Anna Ritchie and St Andrews School take delivery of their Lord's Taverners minibuses
Staff of Anna Ritchie and St Andrews School take delivery of their Lord's Taverners minibuses
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The Lord's Taverners have joined forces with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to unveil an initiative which will see one lucky youngster's creative design printed on 11 accessible minibuses.

The minibuses in the new fleet of 11 will be named after England players and the scheme was launched by ECB chief executive David Collier and Paul Robin, Lord's Taverners chief executive last week.

During the Scotland-England One-Day International in Aberdeen, pupils and staff of two Aberdeenshire special schools - Anna Ritchie School and St Andrews School - became the latest recipients of Lord's Taverners minibuses.

Now, disabled children from schools that have already benefited from the buses as well as from those who are set to receive one in the future, will be asked to draw 'what playing sport means to me'.

Entries will be judged by ECB and the Lord's Taverners and the winning design will be printed on the 11 minibuses and the winning designer will be invited to the official unveiling at Lord's this summer.

"ECB has worked alongside the Lord’s Taverners closely for many years, and it’s an absolute privilege for us to be involved in this nationwide campaign," Collier said.

"It’s a fantastic idea and a superb way to engage the children with their sporting heroes, and the England players are looking forward to the prospect of being involved in the selection process."

Robin added: "The initiative was created to give disabled young people – those who will benefit most from the use of the minibuses – the chance to design the creative.

"The competition is a great way of involving the children in something that will become a lasting legacy.

"In many communities our minibuses are the ‘face’ of the Lord’s Taverners that the public will see on the roads throughout the UK, and for one lucky individual’s design to be chosen by members of the current England cricket team will be a huge achievement."

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