19th November 2018
Uptonsteel further strengthens Foxes partnership
Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce that Uptonsteel has become the Official Club Partner ahead of the 2019 season.
The sheet steel stockholders and processors, based at Markfield in Leicestershire, were front of shirt sponsors in both the Specsavers County Championship and Vitality Blast in 2018.
Uptonsteel has now become the sponsor for all three playing shirts and will have increased branding around the ground.
The Company has a long history of supporting Leicestershire sport and Managing Director James Upton is Chairman of Rothley Park Cricket Club.
There are big links between Uptonsteel, Leicestershire CCC and Rothley Park CC. Foxes legend Phillip ‘Daffy’ DeFreitas is a Company Ambassador for Uptonsteel and is Rothley Park CC’s Director of Cricket, while former Leicestershire CCC paceman Ollie Freckingham works for the Company and will be Rothley’s First XI captain for the 2019 season.
DeFreitas continues to play a key role in the future of Leicestershire cricket, passing on coaching expertise to the Academy and Leicestershire Young Cricketers from a career that saw him score an impressive 10,991 runs and 1,248 wickets in the first-class arena.
He recently toured Sri Lanka with a group of young cricketers, many of which have played for Leicestershire Academy and the Second XI.
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon is pleased that Uptonsteel has further strengthened its partnership with the Foxes.
Nixon said: “It is great to work with Uptonsteel, a local sponsor who cares passionately about cricket. We were proud to wear shirts with Uptonsteel on the front and look forward to this continuing in what will be an exciting season for the Foxes.
“Having Daffy [Phillip DeFreitas] around the club is of huge benefit for our young cricketers. Daffy was a high-class all-rounder who understands the demands of the professional game, and we’re grateful to have Uptonsteel’s support of this.”