Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket (LRC) recently received a number of sets of innovative cricket equipment thanks to the Cricket Factory.

As part of the LRC’s Interfaith project, cricket is being used to bring communities of different faiths together in order to break down barriers, encourage friendships and community cohesion.

The kit will be of massive benefit as Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket will take the equipment around the two counties as part of the Community Engagement Programme.

Leicester-born Academy graduate Aadil Ali, who has made a big impression since being brought into Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s first team, thinks the donation will have a massive impact on the local community.

He said: “It is top quality equipment from the Cricket Factory and it is fantastic that we will be able to use it in our community sessions.

“It is always good to get out into schools and into the local community in general. I came through the age group and Academy system and was born and bred in Leicester, so I can relate to how sessions with brilliant equipment like this can benefit youngsters who have a passion for the game.”

Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Head of Community Development Martyn Dobson added: “The innovative equipment, given by Factory Eleven supported by Leeds based medical business Xiros, will be used by the LRC at community and faith centres across the county as part of the cricket board’s community engagement programme.

“Connecting with the culturally, socially and economically diverse communities that exist within Leicestershire and Rutland is central to the LRC’s outreach programme and equipment such as this play a key role making our sport accessible and engaging to the next generation of Leicestershire cricketers.

“The LRC would like to take this opportunity to thank Factory Eleven and their supporter for this kind donation that will be used extensively throughout our community programmes.”

The Cricket Factory equipment is available to feature at any community events that you are holding, so please get in touch with Community Engagement Officer Amna Rafiq on tel: 0116 244 2198 or mob: 07495092681 for more information.