Craigengower extends cricket sponsorship to boost Chinese and mainland interest
Happy Valley club provide third tranche of HK$150,000 for development among the local community
Craigengower Cricket Club has been at the forefront of developing the game among the Chinese community for more than a century, strengthening that role on Wednesday with its latest sponsorship venture.
The Happy Valley club handed over its third tranche of HK$150,000 to the Hong Kong Cricket Association, with the money to be used to promote the game among the local community and in the mainland.
“I am very excited that Craigengower are maintaining their commitment to furthering local cricket aimed at the Chinese community,” said HKCA chairman Mike Walsh. “This contribution is very substantial and helps us fund local coaching and does much to help promote the game.
“Helping China Discover Cricket has been Craigengower’s visionary approach for some time and we are very proud to be a part of this process.”
Craigengower’s support has helped to nurture Chinese cricketers, many of whom have gone on to the Hong Kong women’s team and the men’s elite Dragons side.
“Continuing our sponsorship reflects the importance the Club places on helping to develop cricket both in Hong Kong and on the mainland,” said Craigengower president Chin Pak-hing. “Joining hands with the dedicated coaches and professional approach of the HKCA has produced proven results in a short time, with Chinese cricketers excelling at a variety of levels.
“With the help of the HKCA we will continue to sponsor our Chinese men and women’s teams, as well as starting junior teams in HKCA competitions,” Chin added.
“The Spirit of Cricket remains alive and well in Happy Valley, as we maintain more than 120 years of cricketing tradition.”
Tim Cutler, the HKCA CEO, said local development remains a key part of the HKCA’s functions.
”Craigengower continues to forge the way in promoting the game within the Chinese community and the decision to continue sponsorship reinforces HKCA aims for local development,” said Cutler.