England stars inspire schoolchildren at NatWest launch

England men’s, women’s and disability players joined primary school cricketers at the Westway Sports Centre in West London today to help launch this year’s NatWest #NoBoundaries campaign. Pupils from St Edward’s Primary School got to meet some of their heroes and take part in some Street cricket.

It’s set to be the biggest season for English cricket in a generation, with the two Ashes and World Cup on home soil.

As excitement reaches fever pitch, current and former England stars came together to launch NatWest’s 2019 #NoBoundaries campaign with one clear message – it’s more important than ever to ensure there are no boundaries for anyone, anywhere, to play and enjoy cricket this summer.

Starting off the morning was a panel discussion featuring England Test captain Joe Root, England Physical Disability player Liam O’Brien, former England stars and NatWest ambassadors Michael Vaughan and Ebony Rainford-Brent, as well as NatWest’s Chief Marketing Officer, David Wheldon.

Speaking on the panel, England Test Captain Joe Root said: “It’s been a really great day and a fitting way to kick-off what should hopefully be an unforgettable summer for all of our teams. Cricket is a game for everyone and having NatWest support that through their #NoBoundaries campaign is really important.”

NatWest Chief Marketing Officer, David Wheldon, said: “NatWest has a long and proud association with England and Wales cricket. For the last 38 years, it has been our vision to ensure cricket is a game that has no boundaries, and we are always looking at new ways to make it easier for everyone to play and enjoy cricket in whatever way they like. We are excited for a huge summer ahead where we will also be supporting a national street cricket tournament with our charity partner Chance to Shine, as well as giving NatWest customers greater access to the game with ticket giveaways and exciting events throughout the season.”

Also on hand to talk about the campaign and celebrate the unprecedented summer of cricket ahead were England players Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, England Learning Disability Player Ronnie Jackson, former England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards, and former England women’s player Dani Hazell.

There was a surprise gift presented to Joe Root in the form of a huge team shirt featuring good luck messages from staff in every NatWest branch up and down the country.

NatWest are the official charity partner of Chance to Shine and their support is helping the charity reach hundreds of thousands of children every year and give them the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket.

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