His Royal HighnessThe Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at St James’s Palace yesterday to celebrate donations from Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, to Fields in Trust, the only national charity securing and improving outdoor spaces for sport and recreation, hitting an astonishing £1million.
The relationship between the two charities started at the suggestion of the Duke and for 64 years they have worked together to support and develop grassroots cricket in communities across the UK. Lord’s Taverners£1million support of Fields in Trust over the years has helped community groups and sports clubs to own and protect their land and invest in their equipment.
The Duke has a long history with both charities, having been President of Fields in Trust for 64 years and the Lord’s Taverners Patron and ‘Twelfth Man’ since it was founded in 1950. His recommendation that the first Lord’s Taverners donation be made to Fields in Trust (then the National Playing Fields Association) started an enduring partnership which has strengthened cricket resources in this country.
Lord’s Taverners and Fields in Trust have a shared vision of giving young people better access to sport and recreation. In 2013, Lord’s Taverners helped to get more than 180,000 disadvantaged and disabled young peopleactive in sport, while Fields in Trust has permanently protected nearly 3,000 spaces across the UK.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, commented: “This reception is a chance to reflect on the wonderful relationship formed between Fields in Trust and Lord’s Taverners 64 years ago and to thank HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his pivotal role in this. We are grateful to the Taverners for their generosity and delighted to be celebrating this moment with them. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership ensuring young people across the country can enjoy access to outdoor space for sport and recreation”
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of Lord’s Taverners, added: “When Lord’s Taverners was founded in 1950 on a sunny day at Lord’s, Fields in Trust was our first beneficiary and I’m delighted that throughout our 64-year history we’ve continued to support its fine work. I’m delighted to be recognising its achievements – and our partnership – by way of this celebration and I would like to thank all within the Royal Household for their tireless support of both charities.”
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Notes to Editors –Lord’s Taverners
Lord’s Taverners (registered charity no. 306054) is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance. This year the charity will donate over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities by channelling funding into specific schemes:
• Encouraging participation in youth cricket, particularly in disadvantaged areas – providing grants towards non-turf pitches, funding for youth cricket competitions and donating hundreds of cricket bags to clubs and school teams across the UK.
• Supporting recreational and sporting activities for youngsters with special needs – donating specially adapted minibuses and sports wheelchairs giving young people vital transportation and access to sport, and providing grants for play and sports equipment.
Lord’s Tavernerswas founded in 1950 and has raised and distributed over £30 million to schools, clubs and special needs organisations in the UK in the last decade alone.
Notes to Editors – Fields in Trust
Established in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association, by King George V, Fields in Trust (registered charity no. 306070) is the only national charity that protects and improves outdoor recreational space for communities now and in years to come.
They currently protect over 2,800 fields covering more than 23,000 acres.
In 2012 they ran The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, protecting outdoor recreational spaces to build a legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, with the Duke of Cambridge as Patron.
The Duke of Cambridge became President of Fields in Trust in 2013, taking over from the Duke of Edinburgh who had been President for 64 years.
The Queen is the Patron of Fields in Trust.