One of the oldest sports clubs in the country is celebrating with a £1,000 donation from the Richardson Brothers Foundation.
St Andrews University Cricket Club will use the money to buy new kit, meet increased transport costs and provide off season coaching.
From humble beginnings, the club has expanded to a total of five teams catering for a range of cricketing abilities. However, the men’s first X1 has experienced numerous successes on the pitch and is regarded as one of the leading universities for cricket in Scotland.
The club recognises the importance of sport as a key contributor towards good mental health, particularly important in the light of the ongoing pandemic. There are increased numbers joining the club and it is eager to open up further to the wider community.
Some of the team play for Durham City Cricket Club, where a number of the members are also based. The Richardson family is currently delivering a £120m riverside development in Durham, as a joint venture with Arlington Real Estate. Milburngate is a striking regeneration project on the banks of the River Wear. The development includes high quality restaurants, bars, boutique cinema, luxury apartments, contemporary offices, together with incredible views.
For more information about Milburngate go to: www.richardsons.co.uk/milburn-gate
Cameron Fyfe, development officer at St Andrews University Cricket Club, said:
“We would like to thank the Richardson Brothers Foundation for their kindness which has made a huge difference to many within the St Andrews Community.
“We hope to win some cricketing honours in the near future and in order to achieve this, the club aims to employ a professional coach throughout the offseason. From a non-playing perspective, the club continues to offer health and wellbeing support to as many students as possible. In addition, through events such as our varsity match and club ball, we aim to expand these benefits to the wider community.”
Martyn Richardson, from the Richardson Brothers Foundation, added:
“We’re really pleased to give a donation to the cricket club who are not only achieving great success on the pitch but who also recognise the wider value they can bring to the wider community.
“We wish them good luck over the summer and look forward to hearing more about their off the pitch activities as their plans develop.”