Whilst we wait for the return of the recreational game, we are incredibly excited that cricket will return to our screens from Wednesday 8 July when England Men take on the West Indies in the #raisethebat series. The Three Tests will feature individual themes and we hope that clubs will show their support for each initiative.
First Test: 8 July
During the first, we will honour and celebrate heroes within the cricket family, many of whom have been playing the innings of their lives to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. On day one of the first Test the England Men’s players will pay tribute to cricket’s heroes by wearing the names of key workers on their training shirts before the start of the match.
Second Test: 16 July
During the second Test, with the help of cricket clubs and local community groups, we will be raising awareness of, and helping tackle, food poverty in the UK through a Cricket Tea-A-Thon campaign in partnership with the Trussell Trust, a leading food poverty charity in the UK.
We will be hosting a virtual cricket tea event at ‘tea’ on day two of the second Test to get clubs, volunteers and families across the country sharing their own cricket teas on social media and encouraging them to donate products to clubs that have signed up as collection points.
- What do clubs need to do?
Clubs have the opportunity to register as Trussell Trust food collection points for food banks and we would love for as many to get involved as possible. All they need to do is sign up here.
During the match itself, we hope that clubs will encourage their members to host their own cricket teas, share pictures and videos across social media using the #CricketTea and encourage members of the cricket family to donate food to their local cricket club collection point.
- When will more details be shared and what do clubs need to do?
More information can be found here. We encourage clubs to sign up to be food collection points which they can do by registering here.
If you have questions please contact us by emailing here.
Third Test: 24 July – Uniting cricket to turn #RedforRuth on Saturday 25 July – for families facing one of life’s toughest tests.
Following the huge success of Lord’s turning red last year, The Ruth Strauss Foundation is calling on supporters, fans, clubs, counties, celebrities, companies and the media to help turn cricket red again while watching The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test – England v West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford, 24-28 July.
This year RSF has organised a challenge for all recreational clubs! Clubs who go REALLY RED and tag #RedforRuth and @Ruthstraussfdn on twitter, will have the chance to be featured on Sky Sports during The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test Match. The winner – picked by Sir Andrew Strauss LIVE on Sky Sports – will receive a visit from the man himself and RSF celebrity ambassadors for a bit of coaching, drinks and a Q&A at the club.
Please share the news across your channels to get involved, get the official RSF red t-shirts and help us turn cricket #RedforRuth on Saturday 25 July.
For more information on the RSF club challenge with useful copy and imagery, please click here.
To Shop #RedForRuth click here.