Somerset County Cricket Club has joined forces with 40 Commando Royal Marines to create a special initiative.
The project has been designed to enable the two organisations to work together for the benefit of both 40 Commando Royal Marines and Somerset County Cricket Club, as well as aiding the local community as a whole.
Whilst several elements of the initiative will see SCCC and 40 Commando sharing best practice in the fields of health & fitness plus science & medicine, the project will also cast its net wider in an attempt to benefit players and staff away from the field of play.
Suzanne Roper, SCCC Commercial Sales Director, said: “As well as the obvious mutually beneficial shared practices from a health perspective, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
“The initiative will see, among many other things, the Club offering work experience opportunities for Royal Marines preparing to leave the corps, while we will also be working together to deal with issues such as mental health awareness across both parties and the wider community.
“SCCC and 40 Commando Royal Marines are both key institutions within the region and we are dedicated to driving elite performances of individuals and teams. We are also fully committed to the communities in which we work and live and that is why this initiative has been created.”
Lt Col Simon Rogers, Commanding Officer 40 Commando Royal Marines, said: “This mutually beneficial relationship is an extremely exciting opportunity for us. SCCC and 40 Commando both share the same enthusiasm and drive for the highest standards and professionalism, and I am sure we will learn a great deal from each other.
“We are also grateful for the support the Club are providing to our serving men and women. They will gain a huge amount of enjoyment from the matches and the work experience opportunities.
“We look forward to inviting SCCC to Norton Manor, where we will assist them to enhance their winning spirit through sharing our ‘Commando Values’: excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility.”
Pictured, from the left, back: Cllr Rod Williams (Somerset County Councillor for Rowbarton and Staplegrove and Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces), Major Chris Hurt (Royal Marines), Suzanne Roper (Commercial Sales Director, SCCC) and Andy Hurry (Director of Cricket, SCCC); front: Andrew Cornish (CEO, SCCC) and Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard (Royal Marines).