England-based Twenty20 Cricket Company have extended their links with the German national cricket team by agreeing a deal to sponsor the Under-19 team for the 2015 season.
Germany may be more famous for producing world champion footballers, but with Twenty20 Cricket Company's support, their cricket is going from strength to strength.
Twenty20 Cricket Company, a leading supplier of private cricket coaching, has taken an active role in developing cricket in Germany in association with the Deutscher Cricket Bund (DCB).
The company has run several coaching courses, supported youth cricket events and sponsored tournaments including the 2014 Bundesliga competition and a women's summer event.
Speaking as the sponsorship was launched, Darren Talbot, Twenty20 Cricket Company Director said:
"We are delighted that Twenty20 Cricket Company are sponsoring Germany’s Under 19 cricket team.
"Having enjoyed delivering several cricket courses across Germany in the last few years, we are fully aware of just how much young cricketing talent there is here, so it is a great time to be involved."
The sponsorship will see Twenty20 Cricket Company continue to promote club and regional cricket in Germany to a wider audience, deliver three-day coaching courses in Bonn or Cologne and support events in Germany through the year.
Brian Mantle, General Manager at DCB added: "We are very happy to extend our long running partnership with Twenty20 Cricket Company who have supported the growth of youth cricket in Germany over the last few years.
"Our Under 19 national team is an integral part of our player pathway which gives our best youngsters to play against our neighbours in a highly competitive cricket environment.
"This will offer them the experience they need and which may be vital when some of them make the jump to the men's national team in the future, and Twenty20 Cricket Company’s continued support with this pathway is greatly welcomed."
Talbot said: "Having enjoyed sponsoring the DCB Bundesliga, we are pleased to be able to continue our support to cricket in Germany and their Under 19 team.
"Having monitored the progress of many of the players coming through the age groups, we look forward to seeing how they progress in the coming season and beyond, whilst coaching more of Germany’s young cricketing talent of the future."
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