New minibus fleet to be named after England cricket squad
The Lord’s Taverners and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today joined forces to officially unveil a new initiative that will see one lucky youngster win the chance to have his or her creative design printed on to a new fleet of 11 accessible minibuses.
The scheme was launched by David Collier, Chief Executive of the ECB and Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, during the lunchtime interval at the One Day International match between Scotland and England at Mannofield Park, as pupils and staff of two local Aberdeenshire special schools – Anna Ritchie School and St Andrew’s School – became the latest recipients of Lord’s Taverners minibuses.
Disabled children from schools that have previously benefited from Lord’s Taverners minibuses, plus schools that are set to receive one, will be asked to draw ‘what playing sport means to me’. Entries will be judged by ECB and the Lord’s Taverners, with the winning design printed on to each of the 11 minibuses which will be named after members of the England cricket team. The winning designer will then be invited to the official unveiling of the new minibuses at Lord’s Cricket Ground this summer.
On his thoughts about the competition, David Collier, commented: "ECB has worked alongside the Lord’s Taverners closely for many years, and it’s an absolute privilege for us to be involved in this nationwide campaign. It’s a fantastic idea and a superb way to engage the children with their sporting heroes, and the England players are looking forward to the prospect of being involved in the selection process.”
Paul Robin, commented: “The initiative was created to give disabled young people – those who will benefit most from the use of the minibuses – the chance to design the creative. The competition is a great way of involving the children in something that will become a lasting legacy.
In many communities our minibuses are the ‘face’ of the Lord’s Taverners that the public will see on the roads throughout the UK, and for one lucky individual’s design to be chosen by members of the current England cricket team will be a huge achievement.”