Lord's Taverners celebrate giving 8.5 million sporting chances in 2014

2nd Dec 2014
Lord's Taverners celebrate giving 8.5 million sporting chances in 2014

The Lord’s Taverners hosted its annual Christmas Lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London yesterday, sponsored by Sky Sports for the 20th year, where it was announced that fundraising this year has helped to give more than 8.5 million sporting chances to young people in 2014.

Brian Havill, Acting Chief Executive and Finance Director at the ECB, presented the president of the Lord’s Taverners, Chris Cowdrey, with a cheque for £600,000 on behalf of the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT). The donation will fund non-turf pitches and cricket bags in 2015, helping to create opportunities for young people to access cricket in disadvantaged areas of the UK.

Famous faces from the world of sport who attended the lunch included 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain, Paul McGinley, former boxer Johnny Nelson, ex-England captains Nasser Hussain and Mike Gatting, former England Rugby Union second-row Martin Bayfield and Tottenham Hotspur legend, Ossie Ardiles.

The event looked back on a year in which the Lord’s Taverners staged some unique initiatives including the national table cricket finals where Sachin Tendulkar was on hand to pass on his tips to this year’s finalists. 2014 also witnessed the launch of the minibus design competition, unveiled by England all-rounder Chris Woakes at Edgbaston, where Liam Hall-Hicks from Edith Borthwick School saw his design printed on an iconic Lord’s Taverners minibus.

Thanks to BT’s funding over the next three years, it was announced this year that the Lord’s Taverners will be able to install multi-sensory rooms in at least 13 new special education needs schools across the UK. In addition, BT is pledging to maintain all of the specially-adapted classrooms that it has funded up to 2020, including those installed since the partnership began in 2010. The Lord’s Taverners and BT will help to improve the lives of over 18,000 young people with severe disabilities and communication difficulties.

In total, the Lord’s Taverners enabled over 215,000 disadvantaged and disabled young people to access sport and recreation in 2014, including over 20,000 girls taking part in national school and club cricket competitions at under 11, under 13 and under 15 level and over 1,000 young people from income-deprived communities enjoying structured cricket coaching and competitions all year.

Rounding up the year on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners, President, Chris Cowdrey said: “What a triumph it has been for the Lord’s Taverners in 2014. So many exciting events that epitomise what the Taverners are all about, with wonderful support from legends of cricket - Sachin Tendulkar, David Gower, Sir Vivian Richards, Graeme Swann, Graham Gooch, Andrew Strauss, Nasser Hussain and many more. This all culminated in a superb Christmas Lunch at the Grosvenor House where I was proud to announce that the charity has created 8.5 million 'sporting chances' for disadvantaged and disabled young people in 2014 alone.

“Thank you to our supporters in the regions across the UK, all those generous bidders in auctions and to the exceptional work of our hugely committed staff for helping make this happen.

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