Owen Kyffin, partner at Whitley Stimpson, has been installed as president of the Banbury Cricket Club at their annual general meeting.
“Owen’s longstanding involvement with the club as a parent, sponsor and volunteer made him the perfect choice for the new club president” says club chairman, Martin Phillips Banbury Cricket Club. “This is a bi annual honoree appointment, which will see Owen representing the club as the figurehead for the County games. I am confident that Owen’s appointment will be of great benefit to the future shape and direction of the club.”
Owen’s involvement with the club began over 20 years ago when his son joined the youth team. In that time Owen has seen a highly successful 1st team developed which is made up of around 50% of players who have been developed through the club’s youth cricket set-up and the club develop from playing two senior sides on a Saturday to five. In 2009 the club gave girls and ladies the opportunity to play cricket and now have two highly successful teams playing in local and national league matches.
Whitley Stimpson is a long-standing corporate sponsor of the club’s youth cricket program. The club is dedicated to the development of youth cricket where children learn vital skills of the sport including how to be a team member, how to look out for others, how to win and lose along with the principles and ethics of cricket.
The generous sponsorship of Whitley Stimpson over the last 16 years continues to greatly assist the club as it allows the club to provide coaching to more than 200 youth cricketers in the area, both indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer. The youth cricket teams have expanded significantly in the past few years, experiencing great success in both local and national competitions and are also supplying Oxfordshire’s County teams with an increasing number of fine cricketers.
Banbury Cricket Club is home to star players including Luke Ryan who is also captain of the Oxfordshire’s Minor Counties team, notably the youngest ever Oxfordshire captain and Lloyd Sabin who is MCCU’s 50-overs captain.
“There is a great deal to look forward to this year with the Oxfordshire vs. Devon and Oxfordshire vs. Wiltshire, Minor Counties three day games in June. We are fortunate to have a highly successful and thriving club but we are not complacent and we continue to seek out new talent of virtually all ages and sizes to maintain the lifeblood of the club” comments Owen Kyffin, partner, Whitley Stimpson and president of Banbury Cricket Club.