Friday 11 May 2007 

Northumbrian Water Children’s Activities At Durham

Children from Escombe Primary School were bowled an exciting opportunity this week during the lunch interval on Day One of Durham County Cricket Club’s LV County Championship.

Thirty enthusiastic pupils helped to launch the children’s activities programme at the Riverside, which is being sponsored by Northumbrian Water.

Durham County Cricket Club’s mascot, Chester the Lion, Durham bowler, Callum Thorp and Northumbrian Water’s Grease Monkey, Chips, joined the school children as they showed off their cricketing skills in front of the crowd. The children were also treated to a coaching session as well as receiving Northumbrian Water goody bags.

As well as inflatable nets and cricket activities, giant jenga, connect four and twister will also be at the ground for youngsters to enjoy at all home Twenty20 Cup and NatWest Pro40 matches. Face painters and balloon modellers will also be on site to keep even the youngest cricket fans entertained.

Durham County Cricket Club Chief Executive David Harker said, “We are delighted to have Northumbrian Water’s support in bringing some fantastic children’s activities to the Riverside and providing entertainment for all the family at some of Durham County Cricket Club’s most exciting matches this summer. Support from a major regional company is extremely important to the Club and this initiative will certainly improve visitors match day experience at the Riverside.”

Dorothy Tait, Northumbrian Water’s Community Manager, said: “It is vital that youngsters are encouraged to take part in sport from an early age as part of a healthy lifestyle. Northumbrian Water does not only supply essential services but is also immersed in community and sporting life across the region.”