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Friday, 26 April 2013
Bolton School is well known, both for its educational excellence and for its regional and national cricketing successes. However, running a first class cricket programme is expensive for both the school and students alike and such support from local businesses is welcomed to sustain the programme’s development.
After hearing about the programme, Asons Solicitors have agreed a 3 year sponsorship deal to provide the funding for match day teamwear for the current teams and future new squads.
Practice Manager Mr Imran Akram stated that:“Sport is a fantastic way to keep kids focused. Cricket is a well-rounded sport that develops a great team ethic, sportsmanship, camaraderie, health and fitness; so we believe it’s a worthy cause, it gives kids a great start in life and allows them to pursue something that gives them a great sense of achievement. I think any activity that supports personal development and growth deserves our time and attention.”
On behalf of Asons, Imran Akram is pictured presenting the new team shirt to Head of Cricket at Bolton School, Andy Compton. Chris Brownlow (1st XI and Lancashire), Kurtis Watson (U12 Captain and Lancashire) and Callum Kay (1st XI captain) proudly wear the new designs ahead of early season fixtures against Merchant Taylor's, Crosby and King's School, Chester with the kit proving a good omen as the 1st XI were triumphant in both. Also in the photograph are Asons’ Business Development Manager John King and Robyn Bell.
Bolton School maintains strong links with Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the famous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC); so by maintaining these hard-won relationships, Bolton School is well placed to provide cricket prodigies with the greatest start in their cricketing career. Already, Bolton School has had one of their players, Haseebullah Hameed, selected for the England Under 16s’ Squad, with hopes that he will be playing in the Under 19s’ World Cup Tournament in 3 years’ time. Haseebullah, a right handed batsman and leg spin bowler, has now entered his second year of playing for the Lancashire Cricket Academy along with Mathew Parkinson.
By drawing upon support from local businesses, Bolton School hopes to develop the programme further by offering players the opportunity to participate in a range of match fixtures giving them the greatest experience possible. As a result of their sustained coaching and training programmes, their under 15 team went on to win the National T20 competition and the 1st XI were also presented with the North West Regional Award for the best performance by a school against the XL Club; a club that enlists the help of experienced players to improve cricket in schools by providing competitive match fixtures.
“Here at Asons, we believe in excellence. We do our utmost to raise the bar for other law firms in the UK and we can see the same spirit at play in the Bolton School cricket programme; so we’re proud to support them over the coming years” says Mr Akram.
The new Asons-sponsored uniforms were delivered in April and will be in play for the coming season.
Commenting on the deal, Andy Compton, Head of Cricket at Bolton School, said:“We’re delighted that Asons Solicitors appreciates the hard work that we’ve put into developing our cricketing programme. It provides a lot of young children with a brilliant opportunity to excel at what they love doing, whilst instilling them with an education that will set them up for life. Cricket sometimes doesn’t get the coverage it deserves, so we hope that our partnership will help to make others aware of all the great things that we achieve, whilst furnishing new starters with the same great cricketing opportunities”.
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