Somerset County Cricket Club, in association with Trade Nation and Kukri Sports, has revealed its 2023 Vitality Blast shirts, with a twist! SCCC will become the first county to have two Vitality Blast shirts: one for batting and one for bowling!
To launch the new kit, Tom Banton, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben Green and Sonny Baker visited Musgrove Park Hospital’s Children’s Wards to meet the patients and give away some of the new shirts. The players also presented a cheque for £1,500 to the hospital.
The batting shirt is based around the design of a batting crease with a wyvern over the heart, while the bowling shirt is based on a diagram uncovered in an old Wisden annual which depicts the release point and trajectory of every possible delivery.
Head Coach, Jason Kerr, said the launch took place at Musgrove Park Hospital as the club had developed strong links with the Love Musgrove charity and the children’s wards over the years.
He added: “The annual Christmas present drop at the wards is one of the most important days of the year for the club and the players but because of COVID we haven’t been able to enter the wards when dropping off the gifts for the last few years.
“It’s a connection that the players have really missed, so to be able to come back, see the children, give away a load of shirts and donate a significant amount of money to such a worthy cause was absolutely brilliant.
“Thanks to the generosity of Trade Nation and Kukri, our commercial team had a budget to make a video for the shirt launch but instead of making a film they wanted to donate every penny to the children’s wards.
“That speaks volumes about where this club is from top to bottom. Every single person associated with this club has bought into our values 100% and we are proud to be able to help and support our local community.”
Emma Stacey, Chief Marketing Officer at Trade Nation said: “As part of our ongoing relationship with Somerset County Cricket Club, we are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause and hope that our donation makes a positive difference to these young children’s lives.”
Meanwhile, the club also announced it had renewed its partnership with international trading platform, Trade Nation, for a third year.
This will once again see Trade Nation’s brand adorning the front of the Club’s Vitality Blast shirt as the Principal Partner and sponsoring the Priory Bridge Road Stand.
Trade Nation is an online trading platform where individuals can trade indices of shares, commodities and foreign currencies on their own terms.