Our mission at BatFast is to drive increased participation and access to sport globally, through the use of technology. In October we achieved the awesome milestone of 5,000,000 balls being played across our technologies worldwide!
This achievement has been five years in the making and has only been possible due to the magnificent support and commitment of our clients, investors, suppliers and, of course, the amazing BatFast Team.
To celebrate, we partnered with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and the Trent Bridge Community Trust (TBCT) to host an event that demonstrated our purpose and provided children and adults from across the community an opportunity to play in a safe and friendly environment.
The event took place at Trent Bridge cricket ground and was centered around celebrating the joy of cricket and demonstrating how our technology can positively impact the local community.
From Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, we had members of their cricket outreach programmes:
- Wicketz Cricket – which focuses on giving 11-15 years olds of all abilities fun cricket coaching in a social environment.
- Street Cricket – aiming to increase aspiration, promote social cohesion and create opportunities in diverse communities.
From Trent Bridge Community Trust, there were participants from their Forget Me Notts and YouNG initiatives. They all picked up a bat and played!
- Forget Me Notts gives individuals with dementia, and their carers, a chance to express themselves and remain active both mentally and physically.
- YouNG helps to prepare local young people for the future world of work through a range of opportunities.
Mandy Wright, Community and Development Manager at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, said: “It was great to see so many young people getting so much joy from what, for many, was their first visit to Trent Bridge. The participants from our Street Cricket and Wicketz programmes may already have had their love for the game ignited, but the beauty of cricket is the number of different experiences it offers. For them, and all the groups that attended, to enjoy such a unique way of playing the game shows how it truly can be a sport for everyone.”
BatFast COO, Navdeep Sethi mentioned, “At BatFast, we understand the importance of combining Sports and Technology as a vehicle to positively impact society both locally and globally. So we have a huge amount of admiration for the amazing outreach work Nottinghamshire CCC and the Trent Bridge Community Trust do locally and we’re 100% committed to supporting them!”
The celebration was well received by everyone, including Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club professionals Samit Patel and Fateh Singh, who both had a hit and gave their support!
ITV news were also in attendance and pulled together a fantastic piece which you can watch here.