Monday, September 8th, 2014

Tour Of Britain In City So Arrive Early For Second Day Of Surrey Match

Tour Of Britain In City So Arrive Early For Second Day Of Surrey Match

A reminder that The Tour of Britain cycle race – including Sir Bradley Wiggins – is in Worcester on Wednesday (September 10).

And anyone planning to attend the second day of Worcestershire's LV = County Championship clash with Surrey is advised to arrive early.

New Road will be inaccessible by car for approximately 45 minutes from 10.30am – the start time of play for Championship matches in September – and 11.15am.

But the pavements will also be more congested than normal as thousands of extra people are expected in the city to watch Wiggins and some of the world's other leading riders in action.

The Stage will set off from the Hive at 10.30 am via the out rider car with the riders leaving at 10.45am.

*Worcestershire Cricket are staging "come and have a go" sessions – aimed at boosting interest in the county club and encouraging youngsters to take up the game – to coincide with the cycle stage.

And anyone participating in the Worcestershire Cricket (WC) "come and have a go sessions" at various destinations in the city will be entitled to a free ticket to use on either the second, third or fourth days of the Surrey match.

WC coaches will be out in force in a designated area for all sports in front of the Guildhall and an area at the corner of Pump Street towards the Elgar Statue and it is also hoped a third area will be made available in Cripplegate Park.

WC participation cricket development officer Andy Wheeler has been the WC representative on the Tour of Britain organising working party.

He said: "From a Worcestershire Cricket point of view, we are going to have two or three coaches participating and we are going to be running 'have a go cricket.'

"We will have rebound nets, targets for people to throw balls at, that sort of thing, just literally a couple or three minutes, just to have a quick go.

"The county club have agreed that anyone who comes and has a go will have a free admission ticket for the game that day against Surrey and it can also be used on the third or fourth day.

"It's saying to people 'if you would like to come and watch some professional cricket, here is your opportunity.'

"If we can offer people a high quality service like coaching or 'have a go' sessions then hopefully people will think 'I'd like to have a go at that, I want to do some more.'

"It's twofold from our point of view. It's about getting more people into the ground because the more people watching the better it is for Worcestershire overall.

"They can hopefully become members or see the fantastic facilities and think 'I've got a party or wedding, I'll use here.'

"From our point of view if someone says 'actually I fancy playing' then you can direct them to a local club and, who knows, maybe one day they will even be good enough to play for the county.

"It's a wonderful opportunity with so many people going to be in the city on that day."