The Cricketer is delighted to announce the Lord’s Taverners as the charity partner for this year’s National Village Cup.

Founded in 1950 at the Tavern pub at Lord’s Cricket Ground (where the final of the National Village Cup is played), the Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

Paul Robin, Lord’s Taverners CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be named as the official charity partner of The Cricketer Village Cup. Our programmes give thousands of disadvantaged and disabled young people the chance to play cricket every week across the UK and we already work in the communities of this year’s 300 competing teams. As our programmes expand, so does the reach of this prestigious tournament and we look forward to working with The Cricketer, competing clubs and their players to give more sporting chances to young people from some of the most marginalised and at risk groups in the UK.”

Guy Evans-Tipping, chief executive of The Cricketer, commented: “The Lord’s Taverners are a wonderful charity, who use the positive power of cricket to help disadvantaged and disabled young people up and down the country. We are thrilled to announce them as charity partner for the National Village Cup and look forward to helping them promote the valuable work they do in communities across the UK.”

The draw for the National Village Cup will be taking place on the 16th of February in the Committee Room at Lord’s. You will be able to follow the draw live on The Cricketer’s social media channels.