Strathmore yesterday (Saturday 7th March) launched The Big Walk to The Big Dance, a ‘collective walking challenge’ which will see Strathmore CC walk 10,826 miles from Forfarshire to Hobart ahead of Scotland’s first match in the Men’s T20 World Cup in October 2020.
The aim of Strathmore’s forward-thinking initiative is to raise money to improve the club’s accessibility provisions.
Attending the launch, Cricket Scotland chair Tony Brian said: “We at Cricket Scotland are delighted to support Strathmore in this venture. Part of our mission as a governing body is to maximise the opportunities that people have to enjoy the sport of cricket – irrespective of their age or ability. It’s great to see a club raising funds to make the sport more inclusive and accessible.
“We’re also delighted to see the club linking their fundraising effort to raise Scotland’s profile and highlight our involvement at the highest level [the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia].
“We wish Strathmore well in their challenge and will be keeping an active interest throughout the journey.”
Matthew Cross, Scotland’s wicketkeeper, said: “I’m pleased to be able to come along and support a local club in its endeavours. I began playing at a club in the north-east of Scotland and know just how hard people work to make it possible for people like me to progress in the sport. I’ve also enjoyed the facilities here at Strathmore, so it’s good to make a return visit.
“It’s great to see the club working hard to improve these facilities and make our sport accessible to even more people.”
Strathmore’s Craig McDonald said: “We are thrilled to see one of our country’s top players Matthew Cross – take the time and trouble to come along and support our efforts in Forfar. And it was fabulous for some of our youngest members to have the opportunity to meet an international player of Matthew’s standing.
“We were also pleased to see players of all ages, plus some of our partners and supporters turn out to support the launch.
The Big Walk to The Big Dance is a major fundraising effort for us and we are delighted to see it off to a successful start. We’re determined to complete the journey and raise enough funds to make our sport and our facilities even more accessible to all members of the community.”