Cricket United Day is back for 2017 following last year’s monumental efforts.
This year’s event takes place on day 3 of the third Test match between England and South Africa at the Oval on 29th July. Cricket United raises money to “change lives through cricket” – using the power of cricket to provide sporting opportunities to young or disadvantaged people. Over the past five years, funds raised by Cricket United have enabled:
- thousands of disadvantaged and disabled young people across Britain to be given a sporting chance
- Chance to Shine to give thousands of kids in state schools up and down the land the opportunity to play and learn through cricket, providing children with a brilliant introduction to cricket, as well as teaching key life skills such as teamwork, leadership and respect
- The PCA Benevolent Fund to run a confidential counselling service, utilising a national and international network of specialists, and provide advice and treatment to players and immediate family members suffering from any debilitating mental or physical issues
Increasingly, the power of sport is being harnessed in positive ways, ways that show that sport is about much more than just the game itself.
Over the first four years almost half a million pounds has been raised, including nearly £100,000 last year.
One of the highlights last year included the England Test squad drawing their favourite cricketer for auction. James Anderson’s sketch of Nasser Hussain – as Monty Burns from The Simpsons winning that infamous toss in Brisbane 2002 and putting the Aussies in to bat – raised over £1000 alone.
Cricket United Ambassador, Michael Vaughan, said:
It is great to have Cricket United Day secured for a fifth year and I am sure this year will be even bigger. It has quickly turned into a huge day for cricket in this country and I am looking forward to being an ambassador for Cricket United once again over the next six months as the Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund come together and unite to help change lives through Cricket United day.
Surrey CCC have kicked Cricket United 2017 off by allowing fans to have the option to donate to Cricket United when buying their tickets for any of the five days of the third Investec Test match between England and South Africa. More details on fundraising activity before and on Cricket United Day 2017 will be confirmed in the coming months – keep your eye on our Facebook page or our Twitter.
You can get involved wherever you are by donating here, by texting CRICKET to 70123 or by simply spreading the message by mentioning @CricketUnited on social media.
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