Warwickshire County Cricket is playing its part in an online charity cricket auction supported by all 18 First Class counties in partnership with the ECB, PCA and MCC.
A catalogue of 62 lots from across the professional game are now open for bidding at cricketauction.co.uk, where cricket fans can secure international match hospitality experiences at Edgbaston, in addition to Lord’s, Kia Oval, Trent Bridge, Emerald Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford.
The Bears have also offered a unique T20 experience with the playing squad, whilst Glamorgan, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have offered unique coaching sessions with their professional players and coaches. Sussex CCC have offered the use of their ground for a T20 fixture.
Signed shirts from England internationals Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach are also amongst the lots
The auction forms part of the Together Through This Test campaign, cricket’s co-ordinated response to Covid-19 that seeks to highlight initiatives across the professional and amateur game.
All donors have nominated a charitable cause to receive the proceeds from their lots, with Warwickshire CCC using its lots to further support Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the NSPCC Childline service in Birmingham; Club staff are already raising funds for these two charities through the 2.6 Challenge.
“There’s a huge sense of community and goodwill across cricket and we all saw an opportunity to collaborate for the greater good,” said Warwickshire CCC’s Head of Commercial Alex Perkins.
“We were initially approached by Nottinghamshire to get involved in this initiative three weeks ago, and were keen to do all that we could to support and to raise further funds for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the NSPCC Childline service.
“Every single Club has joined the MCC, ECB and PCA by contributing lots and nominating causes that mean something to them. We hope that Bears Members and supporters and wider fans of the game will find a compelling reason to bid knowing that the proceeds will be donated to causes deserving of the game’s support.”
Opportunity to be a member of the Bears playing squad for a T20 Blast match in 2021
Join the players on the pitch to watch the warm-ups and coin toss, tour of the dressing room area, sit in the dugout with the players during the match. You’ll be given a Bears shirt along with four match tickets for family and friends. All proceeds donated to the NSPCC and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charities.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club ultimate package
This lot includes access to the two of the biggest days in the cricketing calendar at Edgbaston Stadium with all proceeds donated to the NSPCC and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charities.
The winning bidder will receive two fully-inclusive hospitality places for Vitality Blast Finals Day 2021 at Edgbaston, two tickets for England vs Sri Lanka IT20 in 2021 at Edgbaston, four tickets to Edgbaston Fireworks Extravaganza and a signed Bears Shirt.