Scouting for Girls becomes a sponsor for Linton Village Cricket Club
An indie pop outfit that has topped the UK singles and album charts has become a perhaps unlikely backer of a village cricket club.
Scouting for Girls has agreed to become one of five new sponsors this season for Linton Village Cricket Club, which has three sides in the Cambridgeshire league and two sides in the Adams Harrison Midweek League, plus junior teams.
Guy Ennew, who plays Saturday and midweek cricket for Linton (captaining the midweek first XI), said: "We are very lucky that the band's manager does play for us but they are not the only sponsor.
"We've gone out this year and tried to raise some money. The club needed an influx for a number of projects we wanted to do on the ground,
"We wanted to raise some money through sponsorship and luckily enough this guy is part of the club, and Luke (Guy's son and also a first team player) got involved in it as well."
After the sponsorship deal had been agreed, the band's frontman Roy Stride said via its Twitter account: "We are very proud to sponsor @LintonVillageCC for 2020. (Although we feel it may just be rouse to ensure our manager gets first change at his preferred end.) Looking forward to catching a home game and staying overnight at the Travel Tavern."
Guy emphasised that Scouting for Girls is just one of five sponsors signed up for this season, the main one being The Dog and Duck pub, located just a short walk form the club's ground.
It's name will be the main one of the player's shirts.
Also sponsoring this year are Gran Luchito, Modest and Huttie.com.
The sponsorship will allow the club to improve its pitch watering and buy a mower for the outfield, as well as introducing All Stars coaching for children, sessions for which will begin at the beginning of May and take place on Friday evening's at its ground in Meadow Lane.
Guy added: "It's a bit of a coup. I think the manager, his idea was 'i can get them to do it, it's not a problem', because he had a target in mind to reach to do some of this work."
Scouting for Girls achieved its only number one single in the UK charts in with, This Ain't a Love Song and their other big hits include She's so Lovely and Elvis Ain't Dead.
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