Donation keeps young cricketers in the game

Ian McElhennon, Esh Property Services, Lisa Hogarth, Two Castles' Project Manager Development, and Shelly Pounder of Warkworth Cricket Club with members of Warkworth Cricket Club's junior team
Ian McElhennon, Esh Property Services, Lisa Hogarth, Two Castles' Project Manager Development, and Shelly Pounder of Warkworth Cricket Club with members of Warkworth Cricket Club's junior team

Cricketing stars of the future from a Northumberland village can now step up to the wicket in style thanks to a donation of new kit for the team.

Warkworth Cricket Club’s junior team have been kitted out in new whites thanks to a donation from Two Castles Housing Association and developer Esh Property Services to mark the completion of their £3million development of new homes in the village.

The donation means that the cricket club’s junior members can continue on the road to sporting success without having to worry about finding the money for replacement kit.

The cricket club is extremely popular with the whole community, with four senior teams and more than 70 junior members. As well as regular cricket matches and training, the club also hosts community and social events.

Two Castles and Esh Property Services, working together under the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, recently completed the new St Oswald’s Close development of 27 much-needed affordable homes in Warkworth. The properties are now all occupied after being allocated to people from the local area at affordable rents.

The two companies wanted to leave a lasting legacy that would benefit the community to mark the completion of the homes.

Phil Douglass, chair of Warkworth Cricket Club, said: “The future of cricket clubs such as ours lies with young cricketers and our emphasis is to support our existing juniors and also to encourage more young people to join us.

“We have ambitious plans to improve our facilities considerably over the coming 12 months and the assistance from Two Castles and Esh Property Services is greatly appreciated.”

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles, said: “Two Castles is committed to working closely with local communities and we are always mindful of what we can do to benefit residents in the areas where we have homes.

“Supplying the new kit for the cricket team seemed like a great way to give a little extra back to the community in which we are investing. We are delighted to be able to ensure that these youngsters can continue their training.”

Graham Morgan, divisional director, Esh Property Services, said: “We’re delighted to be helping Warkworth Juniors by contributing to their new kit. At Esh Group we support young people in many ways through our Esh Added Value and Esh Communities programmes.

“In particular, our Building My Skills programme helps young people prepare for the world of work through developing their CVs and interview skills. We always stress how important good information about interests, hobbies and achievements is on CVs.”

To find out more, visit www.twocastles.org.uk or telephone 0191 261 4774.