Tonbridge & Malling’s future cricket leaders are lords for a day

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PACE SETTERS: Young Cricket Leaders with Cllr Pam Bates and (l-r) Sky Sports’ Matt Floyd, umpire Neil Bainton, Nick Pryde and Kent fast bowler Harry Podmore

After a guided tour of the stadium 200 youths from across the South-East received the accolade, which is provided locally by the borough council.

Paul Downton, former England and Kent wicketkeeper, and Nick Pryde, Head of National Programmes for the England and coaching and officiating.

Kent pace bowler Harry Podmore and umpire Neil Bainton spoke about how the sport has enriched their lives and helped their careers.

The Young Leaders in Cricket programme for 14 to 16-year-olds offers an introduction to umpiring and scoring, a course in groundsmanship and training in basic First Aid.

It also offers a chance to do 20 hours of volunteering in a school, club or community to help develop cricketing opportunities in the local area.

The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Pam Bates, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It was a pleasure to meet all the young cricketers who have received an award this year, congratulations to them all.

“I’m sure they will go on to inspire other young people to take up cricket, not only in the sport itself but in coaching and the organisational side of things – there are many opportunities available.”

For more information about Young Leaders in Cricket, contact or call 01732 876166.

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