Cricket Wales are delighted to announce three exciting partnerships with the regional programmes of East and South that will provide another boost heading into the 2022 season and beyond.
Cathedral School Llandaff
Most notably, The Cathedral School Llandaff have agreed a two year partnership which will see the Cardiff-based independent school appear on the sleeve of the playing shirt for the Cricket Wales East (CWE) regional programme.
The school, which caters for 800 day pupils between the ages of 3-18 has established itself as one of the leading academic institutions across Wales, with education inspectorate Estyn rating it as excellent in all five inspection areas. It has a strong sporting profile and has produced a number of youngsters that have gone on to represent CWE and Wales at County Age Group level over the last decade. The School currently accommodates CWE for part of its winter programme, whilst also assuming hosting duties for a variety of external cricket provision including Glamorgan CCC 2nd XI, the MCC, Cardiff UCCE. The School proudly hosted South Africa and Bangladesh in the summer of 2019 during the ICC Cricket World Cup and acted as their training base.
Caption: Director of Sport, Mark Barrington, Head, Clare Sherwood, Jack Murphy, Sports Coach and Senior pupils at The Cathedral School being presented with a CWE shirt by Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway Matt Thompson to mark the School’s support of the region over the next two years.
CWE represents part of the regional programme within the Welsh cricket pathway, covering the Cardiff and Gwent areas and plays an integral role, alongside clubs in the area, in developing the next generation of cricketers for both Glamorgan CCC and the wider recreational game.
Mark Barrington, Director of Sport at The Cathedral School had this to say on the partnership: “We are proud to extend our association with Cricket Wales East. With a significant number of players within the pathway at both regional and Wales level, we are delighted to host and play CWE at various age groups throughout the Summer term. This is another step forward to strengthen our partnership and also demonstrates our commitment to the girls’ and boys’ cricket programmes at the School.”
Cricket Wales Head Pathway Matt Thompson commented, “We were on the lookout for organisations that share our values around holistic development, and using cricket as a vehicle to develop talent. There aren’t many better than The Cathedral School to align ourselves with and we know just what a fantastic job they do with their pupils on and off the sports field. Not only are we grateful for the existing collaboration between ourselves but this partnership only serves to further establish our relationship with them."
To find out more about Cathedral School visit their website at: https://www.cathedral-school.co.uk/
Hutchinson Thomas Solicitors
Agreeing a one year deal are South Wales based solicitors Hutchinson Thomas which will see them appear on the rear of the playing shirt for the Cricket Wales South (CWS) regional programme.
With offices in Swansea and Neath the firm has an enviable reputation for providing its clients with the highest quality legal representation in its various fields of specialism. It was the first law firm in Wales to achieve the Law Society mark of excellence, and many of its lawyers are consistently recognised in the “Legal 500” publication - the UK wide benchmark for evaluating law firm performance - as leading individuals in their field. Former Cricket Wales chair Roger Morris is one of sixteen partners at the firm and is currently acting as the Head of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team.
CWS represents part of the regional programme within the Welsh cricket pathway, covering the West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and Vale of Glamorgan areas and plays an integral role, alongside clubs in the area, in developing the next generation of cricketers for both Glamorgan CCC and the recreational game.
Simon Thomas, partner at Hutchinson Thomas said of the partnership: “We are delighted to be partnering with CWS over the coming year. Hutchinson Thomas has, historically, always enjoyed a close relationship with a number of sporting bodies in both professional and sponsorship capacities. It is great, therefore, to now also be able to support the regional programme of the Welsh cricket pathway."
“Cricket Wales’s aim is to lead, inspire and influence the growth, quality and accessibility of cricket in Wales, and we are very privileged to be able to support them in this throughout the South Wales region. The organisation also plays a vital role in encouraging grass-roots sport, connecting communities, and improving well-being – so we wish them continued success in achieving these objectives.”
Cricket Wales Head Pathway Matt Thompson commented, “Hutchinson Thomas are a dedicated and highly skilled organisation, with a proud history of performance and success – all the of the things that we pride ourselves on within Welsh Cricket. It’s a wonderful opportunity therefore, for us to be able to partner with them in supporting the CWS region. We are incredibly grateful for their support as the pathway is at an exciting time and we look forward to being able to provide high quality experiences and opportunities for youngsters in the area.”
To find out more about Hutchinson Thomas visit their website at: https://hutchinsonthomas.com/
Also agreeing a one-year partnership with CWS is the world renowned CGI which will see the Canadian based company appear on the sleeve of the playing shirt for regional programme.
Since their inception in 1976 CGI are one of the largest IT and business consulting firms in the world, providing industry and technology expertise to maximise returns on investments through an insights-led and customer centred approach. With 77,500 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end to-end portfolio of capabilities, including systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. The organisation currently boasts 21 offices in the UK alone, 4 of which reside in Wales and 3 of which are based in Bridgend. CGI has worked with the Welsh Government in recent years to design an open architecture based on open standards, with the application now in the Welsh Government Azure tenancy. This solution provides the Welsh Government with a standard way of downloading data in a single location, which reduces complexity.
Nic Miles, Service Advisory Consultant at CGI commented on the partnership: “CGI is delighted to support Cricket Wales via our Kit Sponsorship programme and we look forward to seeing the team thrive in their new kits. At CGI, we actively embrace our responsibility to the communities in which we live and work, kit sponsorships are a fantastic way to build relationships and encourage our communities to be active. We are extremely proud to have now sponsored kits and PPE for more than 500 clubs across the UK. Best of luck to Cricket Wales South for the upcoming season."
Cricket Wales Head Pathway Matt Thompson commented, “any organisation that has a proven track record in innovation, customer care (or in our case – player) and collaboration is one that we want to align ourselves with and so it is great news to be able to welcome CGI as a regional partner. They already do a lot for their respective communities around the world, and we are very grateful to them for supporting our cricketers across CWS.”
To find out more about CGI visit their website at: https://www.cgi.com/uk/en-gb