England batsmen Eoin Morgan will be visiting Maidenhead & Bray CC this Sunday (August 17) as part of an ECB initiative to boost cricket participation at recreational cricket clubs through the hosting of a Club Open Day, in partnership with Waitrose.
Ahead of England’s Royal London One-Day Series against India, Morgan will oversee junior coaching sessions from 10:30am and provide a batting masterclass to members of the Berkshire club, where Sir Michael Parkinson holds the President position.
Sir Michael, whose son and grandson are also part of the club, will then host a Q&A with Morgan.
This season will see almost 1,000 clubs hold a Club Open Day on England’s international cricket weekends. Each event is supported by Waitrose who are donating £100 worth of food and drink to clubs to help raise money from the event.
Commenting on the event, Eoin Morgan said: “Hosting a Club Open Day is a great way of bringing new blood into cricket clubs. Cricket clubs are often hubs of the community, and long may that continue. It will be great to meet guests and hopefully they will be inspired enough to get more involved.”
Sir Michael Parkinson said: “I’m very excited that Maidenhead & Bray are hosting an ECB Club Open Day and that we are opening our doors to the community. Our younger members will certainly be thrilled to have a star like Eoin Morgan visiting our beautiful ground. Having my son Mike here as Chairman and grandson Felix in the under-11’s shows that cricket clubs are a great environment for families to be part of.”
Jack Rexworthy, employee at Maidenhead Waitrose and a volunteer on the day, said: “We're all really looking forward to the event. I played at the club as a child so it will be rewarding to volunteer and give something back through helping to encourage young people to play cricket. Being a positive part of the community is an important part of what we do at Waitrose - and this promises to be a fun day out too.”
Waitrose have further committed to developing the grassroots game by confirming that they will donate £100 to the ECB Charitable Trust for every four or six scored across the entire international summer.
This includes every England men’s, England women’s, England Lions, England under-19s and England disability match, with resultant funds (estimated to amount to around £150k) being made available for cricket clubs to apply for a special grant from.