Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce an immediate three-year partnership with Highfield Cricket Club – a collaboration that will see the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation feature on Highfield’s senior teams playing shirts.
The relationship will also involve both organisations working together on a number of profile-raising exercises and local community activations.
Highfield Cricket Club has one of the biggest community programmes of any sports club in Wigan, with a variety of summer events such as Family Fun Day and ‘Squirrel Fest’ and one of the biggest fireworks displays in town on bonfire night.
The cricket club has enjoyed strong historic links with Wigan Warriors, with legendary players such as Billy Boston and Mick Sullivan playing for the cricket club.
Highfield Cricket Club chairman, Gary Speakman, said: “In just three years, Highfield Cricket Club will celebrate 100 years of cricket on our current ground. As a club we have been at the heart of the community for all of that time, so it is quite wonderful to partner with another strongly focused community organisation in the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.
“Our ties with Wigan Warriors go back many years – indeed for two years in 1959 and 1960 we shared legendary players Billy Boston and Mick Sullivan, who played for Highfield CC in the summer and Wigan RL in the winter. Billy played for us for seven years from 1956 onwards, claiming around 160 wickets as a fast-opening bowler.
“We are really looking forward to working with the Wigan Warriors team over the next three years – determined to deliver a community-focused collaboration and further developing sporting and leisure opportunities for the wider community.”