LYC Fundraising efforts

Although the start of the cricket season has been delayed, our Leicestershire Young Cricketers are keeping themselves fit and active as well as doing their bit to raise money for charity.

Under 15 boys

Two of the Under 15 boys, Will Begy and Angus Owen, completed a cycling challenge on Saturday 2nd May in conjunction with Oakham Cricket Club and have to date raised over £1,400 for the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Oakham and Stamford.

The group of nine which included Rob Taylor, former Leicestershire and Scotland cricketer, cycled or ran the distance needed to travel from Oakham CC to the Grange CC in Edinburgh, a total of 614 miles, over a seven day period. Will and Angus both contributed 100 miles each and other members of the Club were encouraged to donate guest miles which helped considerably towards them reaching their destination.

Rob Taylor said: “Inspired by the 2.6 Challenge, the idea for this challenge came about as several of the guys at OCC were doing a lot more exercise than normal during lock down and started sharing their activities on a WhatsApp group.

So, we decided that as well as keeping ourselves fit we should do something for the local community. Five of the group were in their teens, including the two LYC players, and they did a tremendous job considering they were also having to complete their school work. I would like to thank everyone who has donated to this very worthy cause in what is a very difficult time for all charities.”

To view the group’s justgiving page or to donate to their cause, CLICK HERE


Under 13 boys

The Under 13 boys squad decided to ‘Go The Distance’ to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Inspired by fundraising efforts across the country in support of NHS workers including Dr Vipul Kaushik (one of the LYC U13 parents) and his team at Leicester General Hospital, the Under 13 squad, with the help of their family and friends, are part of a 43 strong group who originally set out to collectively run, cycle or walk a total of 2,000 miles and raise a minimum of £1,000.  However, having achieved both targets much quicker than expected, they have now increased the miles to 3,000 and the fundraising target to £2,000 and will continue their challenge for at least a further two weeks.

‘Go The Distance’ organiser Mayur Rao (also an U13 parent) said: “I am delighted that so many of the young cricketers accepted the challenge along with their families and friends and we are all very grateful to everyone who has made a donation.  We smashed the original target within the first week.  Anyone wishing to join the group can do so by contacting me via the justgiving page or direct to”

To find out more or to make a donation to 'Go The Distance' CLICK HERE 



Jigar Naik, former Leicestershire player and now one of the Pathway coaches said:  It is highly refreshing to see our young cricketers along with their families and supporters get together to help the various charities including the NHS who are doing such a commendable job during this terrible pandemic.

During an unprecedented time in our lives they have found ways of not only staying active but have shown that togetherness, helpfulness, being caring and thoughtful for others, as well as teamwork, goes a long way to achieving great things.

This will not only stand them in good stead for their academic and personal lives but also their cricket careers.

I wish everyone who has participated in the activities all the very best and am hoping to see them all again soon.”