Coleraine Specsavers is partnering with the North West Cricket Union to support a series of Junior League programmes in 2018 and 2019.
The partnership extends across Under 11, 13 and Under 15 participation levels. North West Cricket’s youth leagues programme engages with over 450 boys and girls, playing cricket at 23 clubs based at various locations, from Coleraine and Ballykelly to Limavady, Drumahoe, Sion Mills and Donemana.
Kids Blitz Days
An integral part of the partnership is a series of Kids Blitz Days. Designed for all the family to get together for an energetic and fun packed day, Blitz Days will be held in Coleraine, Strabane and Derry alongside North West Warriors T20 home matches.
Local cricket development
Judith Ball, store director at Specsavers Coleraine said: ‘We’re pleased to be involved with cricket youth programmes in the North West region. Specsavers has an ongoing association with county cricket and youth programmes across the water and our local cricket development squads provided an excellent opportunity to extend that support to cricket locally.
'With Ireland having achieved international test status, more and more young boys and girls are getting involved in cricket and the game is flourishing at schools, youth and international levels.’
Enhancing the youth programme
Peter McCartney, general manager at North West Cricket Union said: ‘Specsavers backing will help us enhance and extend our youth programme offer in the North West area and encourage more young people to take up cricket and more parents and extended family members to assist us as volunteers.
'I’d like to thank the store directors at Coleraine, and we look forward to working with them over the next two years.
North West Cricket Union
Formed in 1890 the North West Cricket Union co-ordinates and looks after 23 affiliated clubs across counties Londonderry, Tyrone, Donegal and Fermanagh and organises leagues and competitions for men’s, women’s and youth cricket as well as a network of social, schools and community cricket clubs.