Saxonby adds ‘progressive’ Beacon Cricket Club to its sport sponsorship list
Following its successful sponsorship of The Shrewsbury & District Evening Cricket league since 2011, local home builder Saxonby has now signed a similar, ongoing deal with The Beacon Cricket Club.
A sponsor until the end of the 2015 season, by which time a new one will be in place, the switch to supporting a specific cricket club will enable Saxonby to concentrate its efforts. Director James Wood explains: “Saxonby has achieved its initial aim of providing a secure financial base and thus long-term stability for the league. The Beacon Cricket Club celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and as a forward thinking set up which has come a long way since its formation has a bright future. The maintenance of facilities at the Frankwell ground in partnership with the town and county councils, as well as the excellent coaching and encouragement it offers young people, play an important part in ensuring sustainable, competitive cricket throughout Shrewsbury and the surrounding area. We hope to create a model that other clubs similar to The Beacon may want to replicate for the benefit not only of their own members’ participation in the game but cricket’s ongoing success.”
Steve Reese, club captain at The Beacon said: “Now in its tenth year our club is really beginning to blossom both on and off the field. Our facility improvements include a new reception foyer lay out, a score box, portable nets, sight screens and portable pitch covers for both pitches. This year, for the first time, we have registered an under 11, three Saturday and three midweek teams in respective divisions. The club is also close to gaining the ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) Club Mark accreditation.
“Saxonby has recognised the progressive nature of the club, while we acknowledged the need for professional, expert advice, most notable in its support for developing the expansion of the existing ground to a multi-user facility along with other cricket users, rounders team and canoeing organisations. The attributes of our club mirror those of the Saxonby strapline ‘transforming homes, lives and communities’ which is the reason behind the harmony of our alliance”, he added.
Picture: With players from The Beacon (left to right front) at Frankwell cricket ground, Shrewsbury: Dave Pharo, teams manager, Beacon Cricket Club, Andrew Copson and Tim Charnley directors, Saxonby and Steve Reese, club captain, Beacon Cricket Club.