Lancashire County Cricket Club are delighted to become the first county cricket club to be presented with the European Healthy Stadia Award for Old Trafford.
The presentation was made at Old Trafford before Wednesday night’s NatWest International T20 fixture between England and India in recognition of LCCC’s promotion of health, social and environmental initiatives at Old Trafford and in the local community.
Matthew Philpott, Programme Lead at European Healthy Stadia Network, is now looking forward to working with Lancashire as well as sharing current and future initiatives at Old Trafford with other sports stadia across Europe.
Mr Philpott said: “The European Healthy Stadia Network is delighted to award Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) the Healthy Stadia Plaque of Recognition. This plaque acknowledges the excellent work LCCC is undertaking in the development of health policies and initiatives at Old Trafford, an action plan of which was formally submitted to the Network in early August.
“The Network was very impressed with the quality of initiatives adopted by LCCC, which include: healthier and sustainable eating options at The Point; weekly fitness classes for LCCC staff; LCCC’s ‘green team’ and range of sustainability initiatives; development of the LCCC ‘Kids Zone’; and, the announcement of a Cricket and Health Development Manager attached to the LCCC Foundation who will deliver health promotion programmes at Old Trafford and in the local community.
“The Network recognises the considerable amount of work that has gone into developing these initiatives, and LCCC’s commitment to improving the health of cricket fans, members of staff and those living in local communities.
“We look forward to working with LCCC over the years to come and sharing examples of good practice developed at Old Trafford with sports stadia across Europe.”
Lancashire Chief Executive Jim Cumbes believes that the award is a great way to promote the work that is already going on at Old Trafford, as well as being a catalyst for future projects.
“I am delighted that Old Trafford is being recognised as a healthy stadium,” Mr Cumbes said. “We have made huge strides in these areas in the last couple of years and receiving this award illustrates the Club’s commitment to promoting key health messages to visitors to Old Trafford as well as our local community.
“With the formation of the LCCC Foundation, hopefully this award will act as a platform for future projects and partnerships.”
Pictured from left to right – Healthy Stadia Programme Lead Matthew Philpott, Lancashire and England bowler Jimmy Anderson, LCCC Chairman Michael Cairns, Chairman of the Healthy Stadia Network Robin Ireland, Lancashire and England legend Andrew Flintoff and LCCC President Jack Livingstone.