Buttler, Ali, Woakes, Edwards & Collingwood launch Royal London’s summer of cricket
04 June 2015
New Royal London Gilbert Cup competition will see hundreds of Under 11s compete for Lord’s final
Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Charlotte Edwards and Paul Collingwood today launched Royal London’s summer of cricket, which includes the first Royal London One Day International, starting on Tuesday 9th June. The players also launched a brand new ECB grassroots cricket competition, the Royal London Gilbert Cup, which will see hundreds of Under 11s from across the country compete in an 8-a-side soft ball cricket competition throughout the season, culminating in a grand final to be played at Lord’s during the interval of the One-Day Cup final in September.
Royal London, the UK’s leading life, pensions and investment mutual, is the title sponsor of one-day cricket at international, county and recreational levels. To officially launch the Royal London Gilbert Cup competition, England players Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, women’s captain Charlotte Edwards and ex-England player Paul Collingwood ran a coaching masterclass and played a match with local school children from Wimbledon Chase Primary School at The Wimbledon Club.
The event took place ahead of the first Royal London ODI next Tuesday 9th June, in which Jos Buttler will play, as England face New Zealand at Edgbaston. Players posed for photographs with five trophies, which will be contested throughout the one-day season: the Royal London One-Day International Series Trophy, the Royal London Women’s One-Day International Series Trophy, the Royal London One-Day Cup, the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup, and the Royal London Gilbert Cup.
England and Lancashire CCC wicket-keeper, Jos Buttler, said: “It’s great to be with Royal London today to pass on a few coaching tips and advice to these youngsters. Grassroots competitions like the Royal London Gilbert Cup and the Royal London Junior County Cups have a valuable role to play in bringing through the next generation of cricketers, so it’s great that competitions like these are being implemented as part of the ECB’s development programme. Playing cricket at Lord’s is a very special experience, so I’m sure the road to the Royal London Gilbert Cup final will be keenly contested.”
Paul Collingwood, who was part of the Durham team which won the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014, commented: “The global popularity of one day cricket continues to rise after the huge success of the Cricket World Cup. With New Zealand and Australia touring this summer, all eyes will be on the Royal London One-Day Internationals. It’s a massive challenge for England. From a domestic perspective, everyone at Durham will be doing everything they can to retain the Royal London One-Day Cup.”
Rupert Pennant-Rea, Chairman of Royal London, said: “Royal London is delighted to be extending its cricket sponsorship to children under 11. Cricket is a quintessentially British feature in many parts of the country and Royal London is keen to encourage more children to enjoy this great sport. The opportunity to play cricket at Lord’s will inspire more youngsters to get involved and who knows, Royal London may have a hand in helping to nurture the talent of a new generation of England players.”
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About Royal London:
Royal London is the largest life, pensions and investment mutual in the UK, with Group funds under management of £86.3 billion. Group businesses serve around 5.3 million policyholders and employ 2,859 people. (Figures quoted are as at 31 March 2015).
Royal London’s comprehensive four-year ECB sponsorship deal includes:
- Royal London ODIs (men’s): forty matches over four years against Sri Lanka, India, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa
- Royal London Women’s ODIs: three matches this July against Australia as part of women’s Ashes series
- Royal London One-Day Cup (men’s): county competition, 50 overs per side
- Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup: 50-over women’s county competition
- Royal London National Club Championship: a knockout tournament in which the top 256 clubs in the country compete
- Royal London Junior County Cups: played in 40 counties for the boys U14, U15 & U17 competitions, and 32 counties for the girls U13, U15 & U17 competitions
- The Royal London Gilbert Cup: an U11 8-a-side soft ball cricket competition to be played throughout the season, culminating in a grand final at the Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday 19th September
About the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB):
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