We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of Barton Cricket Club. The club is located on the outskirts of Barton village, in the parish of Richmondshire.
We caught up with second team member, James Aston, to discuss what sponsorship means for the club and what is in store for 2021 and beyond.
Barton CC have a first and second team, comprising of men and women, and they play in the Darlington & District B and C Division. The club also hosts matches for Yorkshires Under 13s and an over 50s team.
At Erimus Insurance Brokers we support a variety of charity and community clubs. We recognise the positive links between regular exercise and reduction in stress and anxiety levels in both children and adults alike. Community clubs, like Barton CC, offer local people an opportunity to socialise, develop new skills, and make the area an even better place to live.
We are delighted to be able to support Barton CC and wish them the best of luck in their current season.
My daughter, who was 14 at the time, was looking to play and someone suggested we try Barton CC who they understood to be one of the more inclusive clubs in Richmondshire. When we contacted Barton CC, they were so welcoming, my son and I ended up joining too.
One of the benefits of playing for a club like Barton CC is that every player gets a chance, across the teams we have twins aged 13, my daughter who is now 18 and another girl aged 16, all the way up to people in their late 60s. In fact, on occasion we have had three generations of a family playing in the team.
It is a true community club, and we have people joining us from Richmond, Darlington, and even further afield. We have also had some talented players come through the ranks, most recently Georgie Walker who plays at university level and Amy Jobling who is in now in the Yorkshire ranks.
It is difficult to pick just one, but I think it would have to be the location. The grounds of the cricket club are idyllic, we are so fortunate to play in such a picturesque setting. The club runs entirely on volunteers and donations. Trevor Frankland looks after the pitch and has been a member of Barton CC for 30 or so years and he keeps it pristine.
We are in the process of updating the boundary borders and adding in additional seating to allow for social distancing. Trevor is doing all of the work himself and is using scaffolding boards to build the benches, they look fantastic and will hopefully allow more people to come and enjoy a day out at the cricket.
The club runs on very slim margins, and any additional funds go to the Barton Playing Fields Association which is a charitable organisation. Pre pandemic they would arrange events for children in the village and also support them if they could do so in any way.
Corporate sponsorship will allow us to buy new equipment for the club, which will improve training and performance and ensures the charity is able to support the local community.
We are always keen to get new players to join the club, Barton CC offers a fantastic opportunity for young players to gain experience in the adult game and learn from some highly experienced cricketers. As a club, inclusivity is important to us, and we welcome all new players into the club.
If you would like to enquire about opportunities at Barton CC please contact James on 07730 274390.