Havant hope to benefit from Ashes interest

Craig Stainton
Craig Stainton
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COACH Craig Stainton is hoping Havant Cricket Club can profit from an England Ashes victory this summer.

Nothing quite grips the nation like an Ashes series and with England aiming to keep the urn this summer, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) want all local clubs to be ready to capitalise.

By holding Club Open Days, clubs can attract new members, players, spectators and sponsors on Investec Ashes Saturdays or Sundays of their choice.

Clubs can invite the local community to enjoy the cricket while showcasing facilities, cricket-playing opportunities and everything else they have to offer.

Crucially, guests can also keep an eye on the cricket.

Clubs who already have a Sky Sports subscription that host an open day will get £140 from the ECB towards their monthly subscription.

Those new to Sky will be offered an exclusive subscription offer featuring a six-month break clause.

Stainton, who is also Havant third XI captain, is backing the scheme.

‘We’re based in one of the most deprived areas of the country near Leigh Park,’ said 43-year-old Stainton, who will help the club hold its open days on July 13, 14, 20, 21 and August 3, 4, 10, 11, 24 and 25.

‘We do a lot of work in the community and players come and play for free.

‘We’ll put a barbeque on and offer different events like a past-players day and a family open day.

‘We have a 97-inch screen so the Ashes will be on every day.’

To sign up your club for an open day and for more information on the benefits and support visit ecb.co.uk/clubopendays.

A full list of clubs taking part will be on the ECB website in July.