Local Cricket Charity receives significant funding boost

Local Cricket Charity receives significant funding boost

Local Cricket Charity receives significant funding boost

The Norfolk Cricket Board (NCB) is delighted to announce the receipt of a substantial six-figure bequest from Mr Maurice Sills, to be used for the development of youth cricket in the county. The Board have decided that the most appropriate way of giving effect to this bequest is to establish the existing Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket as a registered charity with an appointed set of trustees and then to transfer the bequest to them. In this way and taking into account the regular donations that are currently made to the Friends, there will be a substantial fund with which to support the development of youth cricket in Norfolk for very many years to come, and to act as a catalyst for growth in the future.

The NCB were aware of Mr Sills’ love of cricket and his association with Norfolk, and have been “bowled over” by his most generous gift.

At the same time as announcing this bequest NCB also want to acknowledge the work of Richard Jefferson in setting up and promoting ‘The Friends’ over 20 years ago. Since its inception, the Friends have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the development of youth cricket in the county, and we continue to be grateful for that support and of course for Richard’s vision and energy in setting up the Friends. We are delighted that Richard will be working with the trustees to ensure the best is made of Norfolk cricket’s good fortune.

Kieron Tuck, the Board’s Cricket Development Director, says “The Norfolk Cricket Board are delighted to be supporting the creation of a new Charitable Trust for the Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket following the incredible generosity of the late Maurice Sills. It is expected that the Trust will aim to support a range of youth cricket activities, such as schools, disabilities, club boys and girls cricket, hardship cases, equipment, County Youth, leadership training and coach education to name but a few. We hope that this substantial bequest will herald a new chapter of opportunity for young cricketers in the county, regardless of their age, ability, gender or race, and those clubs and organisations supporting their development, for many years to come.”

The Friends of Norfolk Youth Cricket offered their first round of club grant funding in autumn 2018 with the awards to be announced in early February 2019.


Norfolk Cricket Board, Oct 2018

For further information please contact

Keir Hounsome (FONYC Chair of Trustees):


Kieron Tuck, Development Director (Norfolk Cricket Board)

07785 722281

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