Former England and Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, former Scotland and Chelsea footballer Pat Nevin and former Welsh rugby, judo, weightlifting and wrestling competitor Non Evans are fronting the line up for Fields in Trust during its 90th anniversary cricket match today.
Facing them across the cricket square the Lord’s Taverners team includes Casualty actor Charlie Dale, Eastenders star Rudolph Walker, former England cricket star Paul Taylor and former Zimbabwe cricket name Gus Mackay.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Charity said,
"Fields in Trust is a charity close to my family’s heart. Their work, to protect our parks, playgrounds and playing fields for everyone to enjoy is crucial to the health and wellbeing of communities across the country. I am delighted that Fields in Trust is celebrating its 90th anniversary – and in such a fitting style - and I wish them many more years of success in safeguarding our green spaces for the future."
Helen Griffiths, Fields in Trust Chief Executive added,
“We are proud to be celebrating our 90th anniversary this year and what better way than by bringing people together to enjoy one of the sites we protect? Fields in Trust is all about ensuring future generations will always have somewhere to play and enjoy themselves in the fresh air.”
“The very first donation Lord’s Taverners made in the 1950’s was to the National Playing Fields Association which is now of course Fields in Trust so we have a long and proud history with them including the link with our Patron & Twelfth Man The Duke of Edinburgh. Without the work of Fields in Trust we wouldn’t be able to support the projects that we run so there is great synergy between the two charities and there is no better way than celebrating by playing a celebrity cricket match,” Paul Robin, Chief Executive, Lords Taverners.
“We protected the site of Sonning Cricket Club the King George V Field, which the club shares with other sporting activities, with Fields in Trust many years ago and as the match this week shows, it is still a thriving and much-loved site”, comments Sonning Parish Council.
Fields in Trust protects outdoor recreational spaces including sports grounds, for future generations to enjoy. They currently protect 2,500 parks, playing fields and playgrounds across the UK. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT, took over from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as President of Fields in Trust in 2013. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is also Patron of the Lord’s Taverners.
Notes to editors
• On Wednesday 17 June Fields in Trust are co-hosting a star-studded cricket match to celebrate their 90th anniversary.
• 2015 marks 90 years of Fields in Trust protecting outdoor spaces across the UK, including Sonning Cricket Club in Berkshire, the cricket match venue.
• For the match Fields in Trust have partnered up with the Lord’s Taverners, a charity they’ve enjoyed a long relationship with since being introduced by the Lord’s Taverners Patron and then Fields in Trust President The Duke of Edinburgh.