21 Jun Visit by cricketer Alec Stewart to the Lincolnshire Show
Story by Daniel Clark, volunteer press steward, currently a student at University of Lincoln
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There was a special visit to the Sports zone at this year’s Lincolnshire Show when ex England and Surrey wicket-keeper Alec Stewart visited the ECB cricket factory to pass on his knowledge and experience in the game. Stewart visited the show as part of his role as sports ambassador for Clydesdale Bank, the main sponsors of the Lincolnshire Show.
Alec Stewart gave a short master class to four young cricketers, where he showed them the correct technique to playing on the front foot when batting and how to throw accurately at the stumps. He also managed a brief moment to show that he could still play that exquistic front foot drive that made him such a success as a wicket keeper batsman for so many years. After the session Alec stayed to sign merchandise and to pose for pictures.
Alec’s visit was an important one for the sponsors of Clydesdale Bank; he spoke to the media on his role for the show’s main sponsor, saying:
“My role as sports ambassador is to encourage people to get involved into sport and to stress the importance of sport in everyday life”.
With this summer’s calendar packed full of major sporting competitions it was fitting that an ex professional sportsman visited the show.
Alec also explained how he got into cricket and the amount of time he spent playing the sport as a youngster: “Whenever I had a spare moment I would have a bat in my hand or I would be throwing a ball around”.