Tata stumps up for cricket

17 June 2011

Budding cricketers will have the chance to take a week-long skills course later this year, thanks to a cash boost from Tata Steel.

Port Talbot Cricket Club

Ian Rees, Secretary of Port Talbot Cricket Club with Tony Price (right) from TATA Steel. Photo by Peter Knowles

The cricketing course will be run by Port Talbot Cricket Club in August, and will offer specialist coaching and training to help develop skills in the sport. Youngsters aged six to 14 will be able to take part.

Ian Rees is the club’s secretary, captain of the second team, and also coaches the under nine team.

“We approached Tata for the community donation to help reduce the parental contribution in paying for the week, to provide equipment and to pay for specialist coaching,” said Mr Rees.

“It is open to anyone who is interested in playing cricket from the ages of six to 14 years of age. No previous cricketing experience is required.”

The course has been running for more than 15 years, and attracts almost fifty children every year. Many of the youngsters go on to play cricket for clubs in the area.

Port Talbot Cricket Club is based at Fenbrook Close on Baglan Moors. Originally known as Mansel Cricket Club, it has been going for more than 90 years. The club moved to their new ground in 1992 when their previous ground, the Mansel, was demolished to make way for a new Port Talbot hospital.

To find out more about the course or the club, contact Ian Rees on 07875 338517 or email ianrees2@hotmail.co.uk, or go along on Friday nights, when there is a weekly training session for young players.

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