Festival Square Success
There was a buzz around Edinburgh’s Festival Square in the early morning hours of Tuesday morning as Cricket Scotland and Cricket Factory prepared for a day of pitching the ever popular sport to the public of Edinburgh city.
The venue could not have been more prominent, as it stood under the watchful eye of the famous Sheraton Hotel and the busy banking sector, the eye-catching rig enticed those walking around the capital to try out their skills on the various stations.
There was no need for a pitch inspection, as the green astro-turf mats were laid down across Festival Square under bright blue skies and the colourful rig stood proud in the middle of the square.
Scotland internationalists, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Richie Berrington, Ryan Flannigan and Ewan Chalmers, and Wildcats, Leigh Kasperek and Kari Carswell were present throughout the day, and together with the coaching team, guided the many intrigued participants around.
What was so pleasing about the day’s activities was the diverse range of people giving it a go – from corporate bankers to groups of international students, tourists and children of all-ages.
The feedback that has been received after the event has been extremely encouraging, one member of the public said, “I attended the Cricket Factory event today with my eleven year old son - first of all a huge thank you for what was a superb advertisement both for the game and for your players and coaches who were just terrific. My son has just started playing cricket and he loves it - he is a big Saltires fan to boot!” (Jake Perry).
The President of the ICC, Alan Isaac dropped in and was able to witness first-hand the enthusiasm for the game in Scotland. He certainly wasn’t afraid of giving it a go, clocking up a few impressive scores on the speed throw!
Chris Porter and Nick Pink from ICC Europe also popped in and renowned cricket photographer Ian Jacobs captured a flavour of the day with some spectacular photos.
The relationship between Cricket Scotland and Cricket Factory is a long-standing development partnership that was accentuated by Cricket Scotland’s Development Manager, Steve Paige “I’m delighted with how the day has gone and the fact that over 400 people took part in the day’s activities. This has been the fruition of 3 years work with Peter and the team at Cricket Factory and it has been a fantastic advert for cricket and the feedback from participants has been great.".
At the end of the day, Cricket Factory’s Pete Gray commented, “Festival Square was a great opportunity to showcase the impact of the Cricket Scotland Cricket Factory partnership. With a wide age range of participants Cricket Scotland players and coaches were able to demonstrate how much fun and accessible cricket can be using the Cricket Factory equipment.
It was a very successful event and we look forward to working with Cricket Scotland in the future in supporting them to grow the game”.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank all the coaches, players and Edinburgh Council, Colin Macmillan and the enthusiastic participants for make the event a success.
All in all, it was a day where cricket was undoubtedly the winner.