Schools design Foxes Den sign

Huge Foxes Den lettering has been put up at the Fischer County Ground to give the area an exciting new look for the 2017 season.

The sign is special because it has been designed by pupils at local schools, with the following schools being allocated a letter each: Leicester Preparatory School, Ashfield Academy, Sparkenhoe Community Primary School, Charnwood Primary School, Leicester Islamic Academy, Ellesmere College, St John the Baptist C of E Primary School, Hazel Community Primary School.

Each letter has a special Leicestershire cricketing theme and there are some unique designs on the wall to the Foxes Den.

A number of Leicestershire players visited school assemblies as part of the exciting art project including Richard Jones, Dieter Klein, Will Fazakerley, Rob Sayer, Neil Dexter and Charlie Shreck.

More than 500 children were then invited to the recent thrilling Royal London One-Day Cup game against Warwickshire as a thank you for their efforts, and to officially unveil the sign alongside Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE, white ball captain Clint McKay, off-spinner Rob Sayer and Community Engagement Officer Amna Rafiq.

It was the latest success in a number of innovative community initiatives that Leicestershire CCC are involved in.

Amna, who ran the successful community project alongside Education & Programmes Officer Stephen Franklin, said: “We wanted to create a welcoming feel to the Foxes Den, which is a popular area for youngsters both at Royal London One-Day Cup matches and NatWest T20 Blast games.

“It created a perfect opportunity to involve the local community and we were absolutely delighted with the amount of interest it created.

“The children saw the fruits of their labour during the Warwickshire game and hopefully a passion for cricket has been developed through both the project and the visit to the Fischer County Ground. We’d like to thank all of the children who took part and made it a huge success.”