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LEEK United is helping young cricketers to enjoy a great innings this winter, after agreeing a sponsorship ‘follow on’ with their club

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The Society’s ongoing support for Leek Cricket Club (LCC) coincides with the club’s celebration of its 175th anniversary this month (July).

And to mark the occasion, LCC officials received a cheque for £2,000 from Leek United, which will help to provide weeks of special indoor training for junior players throughout the close season.

It was presented to the club by the Society’s Chief Executive, Andrew Healy, who attended the 175th anniversary at the club’s Macclesfield Road ground, together with other members of staff, on Friday, 5 July.

“Just like Leek United, Leek Cricket Club has been playing its part in and making a contribution to the local community for more than a century-and-a-half, and we are delighted to continue our long-standing links with the club,” said Andrew.

“Our congratulations go to the club on their landmark anniversary, we wish them well for this and future seasons – and we very much look forward to continuing working with them.”

The weekly indoor sessions take place on Saturday mornings for 5 to 14-year-olds, with additional development training for 15-year-old players on Sundays, all run by club coach Denise Shirley and the club’s qualified coaches.

Leek Cricket Club chairman Brian Mellor said: “Leek United has a long association with Leek Cricket Club, and its generous sponsorship will go towards providing coaching and development for our thriving Junior Section.

“Without this, we would not be able to run as many sides or provide indoor winter training for these players. We pride ourselves on what we do for the community, but this would not be achievable without the generous support that we receive from organisations such as Leek United. We are forever grateful to Andrew and his team.”

Under the sponsorship deal, Leek United’s advertising board is featured prominently at the side of the pitch at LCC’s Macclesfield Road ground. The clubhouse is also the venue each year for the Society’s Annual General Meeting and Member Forums.

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