Monday 19 May 2014 

4,000 enjoy the sunshine at Community Open Day

 

More than 4,000 visitors flocked to Edgbaston last Saturday for Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Community Open Day, where they were treated to a display from the Red Devils Parachute Display team and an exciting Twenty20 fixture.

Edgbaston opened its doors for all to go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cricket grounds and try out several different cricketing activities under the guidance of players in the Warwickshire squad. Around 120 young cricketers also got to play on Edgbaston’s hallowed turf as part of a Kwik Cricket Festival organised by the Warwickshire Cricket Board.

Warwickshire’s Official Charity Partner Fisher House gave visitors the chance to tackle an inflatable army assault course, test out their shooting skills in a purpose built rifle range, drive a mini tank and try a range of other military inspired activities.

Martyn Dobson, Community Development Manager at Warwickshire CCC, said: “This is the first Open Day that the Club has hosted for several years and we’re thrilled that so many people were able to join us and take part in the activities ahead of the Birmingham Bears first match in the NatWest T20 Blast this coming Friday.

“We plan to make this an annual event and following the huge success, we’re committed to making next year’s Open Day an even bigger event that celebrates everything that we have to offer at Edgbaston and promotes the great work of Fisher House.”

Following the morning’s activities at Edgbaston, Warwickshire Director of Cricket Dougie Brown and Bowling Coach Alan Richardson were joined by fellow Bears’ legends Ashley Giles, Neil Smith, Keith Piper and more for the annual T20 fixture against the UK Armed Forces team, which the latter won in the Final over.

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