Derbyshire County Cricket Club and The University of Derby have stepped up their established partnership ahead of the 2013 season.
The University, who sponsored the Club’s Friends Life t20 shirts in 2012, will sponsor the front of the white LV= County Championship shirt as Derbyshire tackle the top tier of English cricket for the first time since the year 2000.
The University of Derby, home to 21,000 students, has also become title sponsors of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy which is responsible for producing the first-class cricketers of the future.
The 12 young cricketers making up this year’s Academy will play under the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy banner in the UK’s first University/Academy cricket partnership.
Hari Punchihewa, the University of Derby's Deputy Chief Executive who attended the launch, said: “We are delighted to renew our sponsorship of Derbyshire County Cricket Club for this season, and we are looking forward to joining the Club’s members and supporters to watch some fantastic games as they build on their 2012 title win.
“As well as being a main shirt sponsor, this year our sponsorship will be used to help the Club attract and develop young cricketers through its Academy.
"We are aiming to create sporting excellence not only within the University but also across the county; objectives that fit perfectly with Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s emphasis on producing home grown players.”
Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Simon Storey added: “We are grateful to the University of Derby for their continued support. This partnership not only allows our players to benefit from studying opportunities; they can also give something back with involvement in coaching.”
University of Derby’s Deputy Chief Executive, Hari Punchihewa, and Director of Estates, Ian Willgoose, are pictured above with the 2013 Derbyshire squad.
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