Eastbourne receive £1,000 boost for young cricketers after Howzat! appeal

Sussex star Ben Brown presents the cheque to Eastbourne's youngsters
Sussex star Ben Brown presents the cheque to Eastbourne's youngsters

Eastbourne Cricket Club has scored their biggest triumph of the season after winning £1,000 through Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Howzat! campaign.

Eastbourne Cricket Club is among six winners chosen for their most innovative Howzat! appeal by the sponsors of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition, who are rewarding cricket clubs and local communities for their commitment to the sport this summer.

The club entered the competition in the hope of raising funds for their junior section. Chairman Paul Hacker said, “The prize money was just the lift we needed after such a wet summer of cricket coaching: the new equipment that we can now purchase will enable us to keep our sessions full of fun for all our young players.”

The campaign was launched in June, incentivising cricket clubs and local communities to come together with the chance to win one of 20 grants each worth £1,000.

Cricket Clubs are invited to film videos of themselves performing their best ‘Howzat’ appeal and upload it to the Clydesdale Bank Cricket Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClydesdaleBankCricket.

The winners from each round are then chosen by a judging panel including Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank ambassadors, Alastair Cook, Alec Stewart and Paul Collingwood.

Caroline Darnbrook from Clydesdale Bank, who also sits on the judging panel, said, “We were really impressed with the standard of videos sent in.

“The principle of our campaign is to engage and reward cricket fans and wider communities and from the winning entries, it looks like a lot of effort and fun has gone into doing it!”

There are two windows left for other cricket clubs and communities to enter their appeals.

The deadline for the second round of the Howzat! competition is Friday, August 24 so Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are encouraging people to film their appeals whether they’re at their local cricket club, in the park, back garden or even in the office.

For the chance to win £1,000 for your cricket club or community project, visit the Clydesdale Bank Cricket Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClydesdaleBankCricket.