THESE kids don’t like cricket — they love it.
And as a reward for their love of the game, junior players and coaches from Briton Ferry Steel Cricket Club were invited a Glamorgan home Twenty20 fixture at the Swalec Stadium.
The young players, who could become the sporting stars of the future, visited the stadium as the Welsh county hosted Worcestershire.
LV SOS Kit Aid took the youngsters to the ground after also providing the team with full new kit, donated by another South Wales club.
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The visit was held to celebrate a scheme developed jointly by Cricket Wales, Glamorgan Cricket and LV SOS Kit Aid, which aims to support grassroots cricket.
Briton Ferry and fellow visitors Ebbw Vale are the first examples of the new scheme, which will allow Welsh cricket players and supporters of all ages to donate unwanted cricket equipment to another developing club or team in Wales that needs it.
Briton Ferry Steel CC junior members enjoyed a pre-match training session with Cricket Wales coaches as well as getting tips from Glamorgan legend and LV SOS Kit Aid Ambassador, Robert Croft, on their visit to the Swalec stadium. As a surprise addition, both clubs then formed the guard of honour as the teams ran out on to the field.
Speaking about the new partnership, Mr Croft said: “It’s fantastic that Cricket Wales and LV SOS Kit Aid are joining forces to support grassroots cricket.
“I’ve seen the difference unwanted kit makes to kids in less fortunate surroundings and it’s very inspiring to know that this partnership is 100 per cent focused on meeting their need.”
Ken Thomas, Wales director at LV SOS Kit Aid added: “We are delighted to agree this new partnership for clubs in Wales.
“I’m sure by working with Cricket Wales and Glamorgan, the scheme can be beneficial in allocating unwanted cricket equipment to those who need it most.”
Anyone wishing to donate items can visit www.lvsoskitaid.com. Donations can be picked up from homes, schools or clubs and delivered to recipients.