Whalley Range CC set to Rise for the Ashes
Whalley Range Cricket Club will host Ashes-themed Club Open Day as part of national ECB campaign.
With cricket fever set to sweep the nation again as England prepare to take on Australia in the Investec Ashes Series, Whalley Range CC (on Kingsbrook Road, Manchester, M16 8NR) will Rise for the Ashes and throw open its doors to the public on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August as part of a nationwide campaign to boost cricket participation.
The club is inviting all local cricket fans to watch Sky Sports’ TV coverage of the Investec Ashes Series over the Bank Holiday weekend as part of the England & Wales Cricket Board’s #RISE campaign and is one of over 300 clubs nationwide holding Club Open Days and showing the series live on Sky Sports.
Chairman Mike Hill said: “As well as showing support for England, we’ll be inviting people to find out more about our club and enjoy our facilities. Whether they just want a drink or two, or perhaps they are interested in a more active role in our club – they’ll be made most welcome.
He added: “We will be organising food and some cricket and tennis coaching sessions for local kids. The first 20 people through the doors on Saturday will get a T-shirt, and there will be raffles, prizes, etc.”
The club, which plays in the Manchester Association and the South Manchester Junior Cricket Leagues, runs four senior teams, and juniors from Under 7s to Under 18s. It also has a vibrant tennis section, for seniors and juniors.
Mike Gatting, ECB’s Managing Director – Cricket Partnerships and former England captain, added: “We are keen to capitalise on the huge public interest in this summer’s Investec Ashes Series by encouraging greater participation in our wider grassroots game – which is where the next generation of England men’s and women’s cricketers will come from. So this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has an interest in cricket to visit their nearest club and find out more about how they can become actively involved in the sport.
“Our national network of recreational clubs always welcomes new players, but there are other ways in which people can be a part of their local club, as well as more opportunities at grassroots level than ever before for women, girls and disability cricketers to play the game.”
To find all Clubs running a Club Open Day, go to www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays. For more details of Whalley Range CC visit their website at www.whalleyrange.play-cricket.com. For more information on recreational cricket, visit www.ecb.co.uk/development and for all your Ashes news, visit www.ecb.co.uk/ashes.