Taking place across selected Vitality Blast home games in July and August, the competition aims to encourage local children to get involved with sport whilst fundraising for the important work of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity.
Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air IT, said: “As a long-standing sponsor of Derbyshire, we’re delighted to extend our association with the club. Nothing like this has ever been done before so we’re looking forward to shaking things up and seeing our Tech Tom and iTina mascots come to life for another action-packed season of cricket whilst raising vital funds for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.”
To compete in the catching competition, youngsters will need to grab one of ten golden tickets from an Air IT mascot during the first half of any Twenty20 home game between 26th July and 15th August. Contestants will then be tested on their catching skills during the match interval with one lucky winner set to receive a Derbyshire County Championship shirt.
Each winner and their family will be invited back to the Falcons vs Steelbacks game on Friday 23rd August – with a chance to compete again and win further prizes including an iPad, a coaching session with a 1st team player and overall glory as the U16’s catching competition champion.
Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: “We’re really excited about the prospect of the catching competition that will run at the Pattonair County Ground this summer. It’s great working closely with two of our key partners on this initiative, Air IT and Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity."
The Vitality Blast season is due to commence on Thursday 18th July, with Derbyshire Falcons first appearance scheduled on Saturday 20th July vs Yorkshire Vikings at Queens Park, Chesterfield. The five qualifying rounds of the catching competition will take place during home games at The Pattonair County Ground on the following dates:
Falcons v Notts Outlaws – Friday 26th July
Falcons v Lancashire Lightning – Sunday 28th July
Falcons v Durham Jets – Friday 9th August
Falcons v Worcestershire Rapids – Tuesday 13th August
Falcons v Leicestershire Foxes – Thursday 15th August