Quinn Estates Sponsors Wye Cricket Club For Third Year

With the cricket season set to start in a matter of weeks, Kent-based mixed-use developer Quinn Estates has announced its sponsorship of Wye Cricket Club’s senior sides for its 2024 season.

Founded in 1882, Wye Cricket Club sits at the heart of the village off Cherry Garden Lane and is one of the most picturesque venues for cricket in Kent. Quinn Estates’ 2024 club sponsorship marks its third successive year of supporting the club and is part of the company’s culture of commitment to supporting and enhancing community facilities across the region.

Club honorary secretary Tim Mitford-Slade said: “Investment from Quinn Estates has come at such a crucial point in our plans to become a true village community club, with a programme of cricket for all ages and abilities serving Wye and the surrounding rural areas. We can now invest in a new net facility, upgrade the scoreboard so it can provide remote electronic scoring for all formats of cricket and provide new kit and training facilities.

“As the Club is run entirely by volunteers, we cannot be more grateful of Quinn Estates for their commitment to Wye Cricket Club and the investment they have made in our local community.”

Mark Quinn, CEO and Chairman of Quinn Estates, said “We understand the value and power that sponsorship brings to clubs like Wye. We’re proud to help secure the future of local sport in Kent.

“Our ambition is to create a legacy of community improvement, and that is evident in the financial support we provide to local groups, as well as the many sports facilities, play areas and open spaces we create.”

Now a thriving community club with three senior teams and a successful junior set up, just a few years ago the fortunes of Wye Cricket Club looked very different.

Having enjoyed success in the Kent Village League, winning back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016 to reach Division 1, with no commercial investment and the departure of several senior players, Wye fell on hard times and had to withdraw from the League in 2018, playing only friendly matches over the next three years.

Club Honorary Secretary Tim Mitford-Slade commented, “In hindsight, this is perhaps the best thing to have happened to the Club in recent times, as it allowed the Juniors to find their feet and by now those fledgling ten year olds were starting to play senior cricket, and thriving in a small, inclusive and highly supportive environment.

“Wind the clock forward five years, and Wye Cricket Club now has two senior sides playing League cricket, a Sunday Development side to support our youngsters to step up into adult cricket and a thriving Junior Section. We are very proud of what we have achieved.”