Bradfords Community Festival a Big Success

Somerset County Cricket Club, in conjunction with Somerset Cricket Foundation and Bradfords Building Supplies, were delighted to stage the final Bradfords Community Festival recently.

On Sunday July 24th, 34 teams from across the region took to the field at the Cooper Associates County Ground as part of the initiative which is an 8-aside competition for Under 9 and Under 11 players which has been inspired by The Hundred and played as countdown cricket.

The competition provides each team with an opportunity to practice, refine and challenge their skills in a friendly and sociable environment. These festivals are also a great opportunity for both All Stars and Dynamos graduates, as well as those who are newer to cricket, to play as part of their club team.

The project has seen numerous festivals take place across the South West culminating in Sunday’s event at the home of Somerset County Cricket Club.

The clubs involved were Lodway, Wells, Dorchester, Huntspill & District, Shapwick & Polden, Knowle, Weston-super-Mare, Queen Camel, Ilminster, Broadway & Horton, Taunton, Taunton St Andrews, Glastonbury, Portishead, Old Bristolians and Chard.

Somerset Cricket Foundation’s Development Officer, Women & Girls said: “It’s been great to see the Bradfords Community Festival come to life over the last few months. We saw a gap between national programmes and junior league cricket and with the support of Bradfords has enabled us to provide junior girls U9s and U11s festivals across the county.

“The final day at the Cooper Associates County Ground was incredible and it was great to have over 300 children taking part from 34 teams across our network.”

Paul Malloy, Head of Marketing at Bradfords Building Supplies added: “Sport is a unifying influence in local communities and the Somerset Cricket Foundation works hard to promote access to participation in cricket across different age and social groups.

“As a family business that’s passionate about supporting the communities we serve, partnering with a Club that does so much to encourage access to sport, including at a grassroots level, has been a natural fit.

“The Bradfords Community Cricket Festival is a perfect platform to showcase our shared goals of promoting child development, both physical and mental, through participation in sport from an early age.”

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