Congratulations to the wonderful all-rounder, Ben Stokes, on winning the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award. His achievements this year have been amazing including being man of the match in the final Ashes Test between England and Australia, which went right down to the wire, finishing with a super over; and an unbeaten 135 in the third Ashes Test. He beat sporting royalty, including Lewis Hamilton, Dina Asher-Smith, Raheem Sterling and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, confirming how much he is admired by the British public.
Jonathan Agnew, the cricket broadcaster, said ‘English cricket is privileged to have such a talent and he is clearly somebody who can inspire the next generation. He has helped put cricket back at the forefront of the nation’s sporting consciousness’. Just brilliant – congratulations from all of us.
Meanwhile, back in Welney, we’re getting on with a couple of exciting initiatives which are keeping us busy during the quieter months. The first is the manufacture of four cages to be installed in Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, East London, to be used for baseball practice. Installation is scheduled for mid-January 2020. Hoping this will be the first of many.
We’re hopeful of an order for the manufacture of six cages for Batfast, to be installed in Watford Retail Park early in 2020. These will be used for cricket and baseball simulation, like the ones already installed at Tenpin sites, in Gloucester, York and Luton during 2019.
We’re also now working closely with our friends in Sanpareils Greenland (SG) in India, who are going to be manufacturing some of our products. John Loveday, our MD, visited the company in December and was impressed with the quality of the products. We anticipate our first order for covers and Concertina cages being with us late February / early March. Exciting times.
We close for the Christmas break on Friday 20th December and re-open for business on Monday 6th January 2020. So all that’s left is to wish all our customers both old and new the compliments of the festive season – hope you all have a wonderful holiday and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year.