May 19, 2014
Saracens & Bunbury’s join forces
Two of England’s greatest sporting institutions have joined forces to create a unique partnership to promote the importance of team sport.
England cricket captain Alistair Cook and fellow England internationals Steve Finn and Eoin Morgan were on hand at the launch event at Allianz Park on Friday – trying out rugby skills on the pitch with members of the Saracens squad.
Heineken Cup finalists Saracens have become an official partner of the world’s number one cricket charity The Bunbury’s. Under the direction of Founder and captain David English CBE, The Bunbury’s have raised nearly £16m for different charities and through the Bunbury English Schools Cricket Festival, have helped the development of hundreds of young cricketers with 300 having gone on to play first class cricket and 60 who have represented England – including current captain Alistair Cook.
The Saracens Sport Foundation was created in 2000 to inspire communities and change the lives of children and young people through the power of sport, and now engages over 75,000 people each year through a broad range of innovative programmes. In 2013 Saracens was recognised for this extensive community work by being shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Community Club of the Year, a global award highlighting the professional sports club across the world having the greatest impact on society.
The main link between the two organisations is the long term friendship of Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray and Bunbury Founder David English who share a deep passion for team sport and its role within society to tackle broader issues.
Commenting on the partnership David English said: “Nigel Wray and I have known each other for 53 glorious years! He has always been a star and without question, the most generous man I have ever met.
“His spirit, determination and driving ambition to help children and those less fortunate to fulfil their promise; particularly on the field of sport, is precisely why I created The Bunbury’s. We have led parallel lives and felt that now is the time to embrace our mutual passion and I am proud that we are forming the partnership between The Bunbury’s and Saracens Sport Foundation.
“Our partnership is based on our key to life- ‘to love, laugh, live and give’. Nothing has changed.......here’s to the next 53 years!”
Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray added: “‘Teams not Gangs’, I borrowed that phrase many years ago because for me it sums it all up. If we don’t include kids, especially young boys, in teams then don’t be surprised if, when excluded, they form their own team and it’s called a gang!
“I’ve known David English for so long that it seemed only natural for us all to try and bring together two great sports to try and do still more to give young people a chance. A chance to be included, but to learn also discipline, behaviour, manners, winning, losing, all of them actually life skills. And so to help create better people who will therefore have a better chance in life, which is better for us all!”
The partnership between Saracens and The Bunbury’s will see the two charities share knowledge, expertise and resources to continue the excellent work to promote youth sport in England.
The two will also come together this summer when a Saracens XI takes on The Bunbury’s on Sunday 10th August at Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club.