Celebrity Test Match Special
After weeks of meticulous preparation, the eyes and ears of a cricketing nation will be on the wicket at Sports Park Weetwood today.
The University is hosting the Test Match Special anniversary cricket match this afternoon to celebrate 60 years of a radio programme that has been the voice of cricket.
The BBC has organised two mixed teams of cricketing greats and celebrities to play a T-20 match.
It is being screened on the BBC red button from 16.00 and there will be live commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra and watched by 1,500 spectators.
Since the BBC approached the University and asked if the match could be hosted at Weetwood, a team led by the Sports and Physical Activity Department from Campus and Commercial Services have been working hard to get the project up and running.
A temporary stand for spectators has been built, catering organised, security planned and perhaps most important of all, the wicket expertly and lovingly prepared.
Gawaine Mackenzie-Hogg, who manages our outdoor operations said: Its been a bit of a whirlwind. But this was a great opportunity that we could not turn down.
Test Match Special is a broadcasting and cricketing institution and it is good to be part of their anniversary celebrations.
Suzanne Glavin Head of Sport and Physical Activity said: It allows us to showcase some fantastic sporting facilities that students and public can enjoy. We can also explain the work we are doing to develop top-flight cricketing talent, the names wholl no doubt feature on future Test Match Special broadcasts.
The University runs Leeds-Bradford MCCU (MCC Universities) two elite development programmes for aspiring cricketers, and the mens and womens squads play on the county-standard pitch at Weetwood.
Run in partnership with Leeds Beckett and Bradford universities, the MCCU scheme allows students to receive elite cricket coaching and county-level experience with the aim of signing a professional contract by the time they graduate.
Both men and women cricketers who have passed through the scheme have gone on to play for England.
Suzanne added: For those aspiring professional cricketers, we can offer an unrivalled level of training and match experience.
Leeds-Bradford MCCU is one of six centres of excellence. Together, they are having an impact on cricket across county cricket, one-fifth of all English qualified players attended an MCCU.Posted in: University news