Gallagher New Youth Academy Sponsor

The club are delighted to announce Gallagher as the new headline sponsor of our youth cricket section at The Green.

The youth section of the club, which we re-branded this year to be our Academy, has grown dramatically in the last few years after a concerted effort to revive it's fortunes, and the new sponsorship will help us to continue that good work and build on the solid foundations now in place.

This season with over 150 kids we have fielded at least 8 sides throughout the age groups and have for the first time in our history fielded an all girls team. The coaching team have worked tirelessly throughout the summer months and despite not winning any trophies we have made the step forward to be competitive in the age-group Premier Leagues and the U15s reached their league semi-final. On top of that, a number of players have achieved underage NCU representative selection.

The additional sponsorship has not only helped provide new playing shirts but will also ease the financial burden during the winter months, when facility hire is a large expense. On top of that, it will also enable us to progress with initiatives such as a new bowling machine and video analysis equipment which will be of great benefit to the players and coaches.

So a huge 'thank you' to Gallagher from all the youth players, coaches and parents at The Green!

Shane Matthews, Regional Managing Director at Gallagher, said “We are huge cricket fans at Gallagher and are delighted to be partnering with North Down Cricket Club.

As a local community broker, supporting sport in the areas where our clients are based is something we are passionate about. Partnering with a cricket club that is such a pillar of the local community is a huge source of pride for us.  

After what has been a challenging couple of years for sport, we are delighted that the season has been such a success."

Eakin - 10 Years of Support

Jeremy Eakin

Eakin's major sponsorship of the club has reached a milestone in 2021 as this is the tenth year of our partnership. The club are indebted to Jeremy and all at Eakin for their continued support.

This is what Jeremy had to say:

"2021 marks 10 years of Eakin Group’s partnership with North Down Cricket Club. During that time the club has continued to thrive and stay a strong and relevant part of the Comber community despite changing lifestyles and demands on peoples’ time. However, lately much has changed in the world around us due to the covid pandemic. Thankfully as vaccination rates are high in N Ireland, players are participating in a near full season of cricket so spectators and loyal fans can again enjoy and critique from the sidelines.

Here at the Eakin Group we have also experienced change in the last year as we have acquired Armstrong Medical in Coleraine. This means we are now actively manufacturing and supplying respiratory care products to the NHS and further afield – part of our commitment to supporting those in critical care during the pandemic and beyond. We are committed to better health and care globally and to providing employment opportunities within Northern Ireland.

On behalf of the Eakin Group, I would like to wish North Down Cricket Club well for the season and to all players and fans, please stay safe and healthy."

Jeremy Eakin