- LOCAL KIDS TO TAKE PART IN NATWEST CRICKET SPEED CHALLENGE
and Durham CCC star player, Paul Collingwood will be joining the
NatWest Interactive Cricket Zone, when it bowls into the Metro
Centre, Gateshead for two days on Saturday 15 June. This roadshow
aims to take cricket into the community and give kids of all ages
the opportunity to test their cricket skills and qualify for The
NatWest Speed Challenge Final at Lord's.
NatWest Interactive Zone is visiting 10 venues across the UK, prior
to The NatWest Series starting on 27 June. Paul Collingwood, who
made his international debut in The NatWest Series last year, will
join ECB endorsed coaches to demonstrate and help kids improve their
cricket skills in the nets and against the reaction wall as well
as searching for future cricket stars.
NatWest Speed Challenge competition that will be searching for the
UK's fastest young bowler, will take place throughout the day where
all kids will be given the chance to record their fastest delivery
and enter their name into a prize draw for tickets to The NatWest
Series. All entrants will be able to check their speed and position
in the competition by visiting www.natwestseries.com <http://www.natwestseries.com/>
overall fastest five competitors in each of the four categories,
Under 17's and Under 12's, boys and girls will qualify for the NatWest
Speed Challenge Final to be held at Lord's before The NatWest Series
Final. The NatWest Speed Challenge winners will receive a place
at one of NatWest's cricket clinics with coaching from England fast
bowler and NatWest Ambassador, Darren Gough.
Searle, Sponsorship Manager, NatWest said, "Grassroots cricket
is fundamental to the future of the game and we are delighted to
be able to give kids the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement
of cricket as the NatWest Interactive Zone tours the country."
The NatWest Interactive Zone is part of a major NatWest grassroots
campaign to encourage and develop children's interest in the sport.
NatWest have invested over £½million over three years
in a series of grassroots initiatives including the NatWest 'Get
Involved' programme and the distribution of 799 flicx pitches and
10,000 skills balls to schools and clubs across the UK.
NatWest Series comes to the Riverside in Chester-le-Street on Thursday
4th July when England take on India under floodlights. The match
starts at 2.30pm and is expected to finish at 10.15pm. Tickets are
still available and cost £35 for adults and £15 for
juniors (U16). To book tickets please call 0870 90 90 190 or 0191
further information and interview requests, please contact Lucinda
Harding or Claire Gatcum at Octagon on 020 7862 0000 or 07788 70632.