Hill Dickinson, a highly respected international law firm, will be the official sponsors of the 2013 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held at Queen’s Park starting on Sunday 14th July.
The company - with major offices in Sheffield, London, Manchester, Liverpool and overseas – has thrown its support behind the six day festival which includes Friends Life t20 and LV= County Championship fixtures between local rivals Derbyshire and Yorkshire, followed by Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos on the final Sunday.
The Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket will represent the first time that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event since its return in 2006.
Derbyshire-born Neil Thompson, Partner at Hill Dickinson said: “This is an exciting time to become a partner of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and in particular to be affiliated with an event like the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket. A vision to reinforce the festival as an event for the wider Chesterfield community and the ambitions of the club as a whole, both on and off-the field, make it a perfect fit."
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “We are delighted to be working together with Hill Dickinson and carrying their name during our Chesterfield Festival week. Building partnerships with businesses such as Hill Dickinson is crucial to our plans for success and we are excited to be working together with Hill Dickinson, Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club to bring success to Derbyshire.”
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Tourism and culture confirmed the importance that the annual festival has for the historic market town.
She said: "The council spends £20,000 supporting the Cricket Festival because it provides an opportunity for local residents and visitors to see first-class cricket within the idyllic setting of Queen’s Park, which has long been recognised as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds within the country.
"The Festival helps to attract new visitors to Chesterfield, which benefits local businesses and also helps encourage young people to take part in sport and physical activity. Both of these are high priorities for the council."
Dominic Stevens from Destination Chesterfield said: “We look forward to Derbyshire County Cricket Club coming back to Queen’s Park for the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket in 2013. This year’s Festival will attract people from across Derbyshire, Yorkshire and further afield supporting the local economy and raising the profile of Chesterfield.”
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