Participants of the Frenchay Falcons, a Lord’s Taverners Super 1s Hub, received a surprise parcel containing a bat and ball from Martin Berrill Sports as Wesport redirect funding.
As the suspension of cricket due to Covid-19 was implemented, the remaining Frenchay Falcons winter training sessions were cancelled. This sparked conversations between lead organisers around how they continue to support participants to remain physically active and aid their mental wellbeing and social interaction as they adjust to the unprecedented times.
Frenchay Falcons Co-ordinator, Rachel Eccott’s idea to send each participant a bat and ball set, was mobilised as Wesport kindly agreed to realign funds originally set aside for facility hire and other running costs. Gloucester Sports Specialists, Martin Berrill Sports sourced the equipment and organised the delivery of individual parcels direct to participants.
The Falcons were delighted to receive their bat and ball sets, which coincided with the groups first online get together via Zoom, where the group were excited to showed off their new equipment. The Zoom sessions provide the group with the opportunity to keep in touch with their friends, share what cricket skills they have been practicing and games they have been playing and talk about what they have been doing over a nice slice of cake.
Weekly challenges to help participants stay active and improve their cricket skills are shared by Gloucestershire Super 1s Development Officer, Jeanette Tate, on the new Super1s Gloucestershire Facebook Page. The Falcons participants are encouraged to create videos of themselves performing the challenges and share their progress with the group on the group and during the Zoom sessions.
It is wonderful to see how the lead organisers have adapted to ensure the group continues to be supported and remain together through these unprecedented times. It’s clear the bat and ball sets have been a major hit with participants and their parents…
“It was such a surprise when we received the package and could see it was a cricket bat without opening the package. The first thing we thought was “oh my, has Andre been ordering stuff from Amazon again”. having asked him, he was adamant he did not order anything, I knew I didn’t order anything and Alexa said we did not order anything. When I opened the package and realised who sent it I was relieved and Andre was overjoyed, his face lit up like a Cheshire Cat. Andre was so happy with his new cricket bat and ball, that he immediately did the 26 challenge for FACE Youth Club by continually bouncing the ball in the air 26 times. Again, thank you from both of us for the bat and ball.“
“Barney was delighted to receive a parcel in the post with his name on it. He loved it when he unwrapped it to find a colourful bat and ball. He reminded how much he missed his cricket friends but has been nagging us everyday to take him to the field. It’s been great to see him motivated again. He’s spent a lot of time demonstrating how to swing the bat in the kitchen!!“
“Thanks, this means a lot to Alex to receive a gift. Alex enjoyed trying out the new bat with he’s brother at the park.”
Finally, Jim Donaldson, Frenchay Falcons Manager was full of praise for all who made this wonderful idea possible…
“Receiving a ‘Bat and Ball Set’ each at home, has brought lots of smiles and new opportunities to Frenchay Falcons Players. Rachel Eccott’s super idea, and Wesport’s kind agreement to reallocate some ‘coronavirus’ created unspent finance, was promoted by Jeanette Tate (GCB Super 1s Development Officer), and generously provided by Martin Berrill Sports. Traditionally the equipment for Falcons’ activities has been provided by the Club, so this now gives each Falcon the opportunity to practice cricket at home in these unexpected and challenging times for all of us.”