Kibworth Cricket Club enjoyed the final stage of their AEG grassroots cricket prize on Wednesday 1 August with a training session with England cricket legend Paul Nixon.
Just weeks after the players met Andrew Strauss and watched the England team train at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Nixon coached the Under 11s at their club in Leicestershire. The former England wicketkeeper passed on techniques that he learnt from his experience in the England team and gave one-to-one coaching.
Kibworth Cricket Club won the nationwide grassroots cricket campaign launched by premium home appliance brand AEG after winning AEG’s Kit & Laundry Package and competing with 40 grassroots cricket teams all over the UK to attain the most public votes.
AEG’s UK Head of Marketing Graham Bremer said: “At AEG we’re proud to support grassroots sports in the UK.
“Due to the popularity of our grassroots rugby campaign in 2011, we expanded our support to grassroots cricket this year. By providing cricket clubs with kits and washing machines to keep these kits in pristine condition, they are able redistribute the costs that would normally be spent on sportswear and laundry towards training and other facilities for the club.
“By the end of this year more than 2,500 kits and 150 AEG washing machines will have been supplied to grassroots teams in the UK and Ireland.”
Kibworth Cricket Club asked for the support of their local community, friends and family to successfully build up enough votes to be crowned the 2012 winning team and win the unique training session with Paul Nixon.
Duncan Jones, Kibworth Cricket Club’s Under 11s Coach, said: “The whole team had a great day and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the one-to-one coaching with Paul, where they learnt a whole host of tips and techniques.
“Paul’s coaching was very much based on batting and the importance of hitting the ball hard. He explained to the team why England batsman Jonathan Trott makes his mark on the centre of the crease in order to maintain his balance. Paul also demonstrated to the team that when playing the sweep shot to make sure that it is played from high to low without putting your knee on the ground.
“Thanks AEG for such a fantastic opportunity. Being crowned the winner of AEG’s Kit & Laundry competition, meeting the England cricket team and training with an England legend is an experience that Kibworth Under 11s will never forget!”
Paul Nixon, a supporter of the AEG grassroots campaign, said: “The Under 11s team at Kibworth Cricket Club took full advantage of the training session by asking insightful questions and using the coaching session to learn new skills.
“They should all be really proud of winning this nationwide campaign and I know that we have some future stars in our midst!”
To find out more visit www.aeg.co.uk/grassroots where you can also see photos of Kibworth Cricket or visit www.facebook.com/aeg