Woakes Unveils Winning Lord's Taverners Minibus Design

Less than 24 hours after closing out a win for his country, England all-rounder Chris Woakes was on hand at Edgbaston to unveil the winning drawing of the Lord's Taverners minibus design competition.

Woakes went from presenting MS Dhoni with unplayable yorkers to helping out with the presenting of one of the charity's accessible minibuses to Victoria Specialist Art College, a school for 180 pupils with learning difficulties.

Chris Woakes and children from the Victoria Arts Specialist College showcase their new Lord's Taverners minibus

Chris Woakes and children from the Victoria Arts Specialist College showcase their new Lord's Taverners minibus
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In February, the Lord's Taverners - the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity - asked young people with disabilities to come up with their minibus designs, using 'what sport means to me' as their brief.

The competition was launched in May, during England's first international of the summer against Scotland, and following England's final game of the summer, Woakes - who even had a go at making a design himself - unveiled the winner.

He had already showcased the shortlisted designs at Lord's in Juy and the winner was Liam Hall-Hicks from Edith Borthwick School, Braintree, Essex.

"It’s great to be involved and give something back to such a worthwhile cause and support just one of the many initiatives that the Lord’s Taverners runs to get young people active," Woakes said.

"I don’t think my own effort was any good, but congratulations to Liam on his winning design!"

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"It's great to see this school will now have a brand new mini bus that they can use wherever they want," he added.

"Hopefully it gets more kids involved, people can take them out for the day and potentially go to stadiums like Edgbaston and see professional cricket at its best," he said.

Lord's Taverners Chief Executive Officer Paul Robin added: "The Lord’s Taverners has a long heritage in providing specially adapted minibuses and to have Chris Woakes here, having played for England yesterday, is really special for the charity.

"To present Victoria Arts Specialist College with this minibus from the money raised by the 2013 Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge and to have the children’s input in the design just adds to the occasion."

Lord's Taverners CEO Paul Robin and Chris Woakes show off the winning design - by Liam Hall-Hicks

Lord's Taverners CEO Paul Robin and Chris Woakes show off the winning design - by Liam Hall-Hicks
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