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Durham Country Cricket Club

It took more than 100 years for Durham to become a first-class county cricket club after being founded in 1882. Since moving from the Minor Counties league to first-class status in 1992, however, Durham has been making up for lost time, winning the County Championship three times and triumphing in two one-day competitions over the past 26 years. 

Durham, which has one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the country being located next to Lumley Castle, also has a fantastic track record of developing young cricketers from its Academy into first class and international players, including Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison and Ben Stokes. It was this and Durham’s commitment to community engagement and social change in the north-east of England that led to Liontrust agreeing a partnership with Durham Cricket in March 2018.

Our partnership with Durham Cricket includes sponsorship of the T20 team (Durham Jets) and the Emirates Riverside’s Family Zone. We are supporting the development of the women’s game and are the Women’s Academy sponsor. We are also helping to enhance the club’s community engagement through the Durham Cricket Foundation and a new programme in Kenya. 

The Durham Cricket Foundation is working with the Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) and Girls Friendly Society (GFS) charities for the Let’s Be Women project in the north-east of England. Liontrust supports the use of cricket through this project as a tool to empower young women and girls to achieve their potential.

This project is also active in Kenya where it is focusing on gender equality, insufficient access to education and the promotion of positive health and wellbeing. It uses cricket as the way to engage, educate and empower women. In 2018, Durham Foundation Manager Josie Pointon went to Kenya along with a team of CWB volunteers to launch the programme within the Massai community of Laikipia.
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