All set for a weekend of fun in the sun at BGL SportBash in Stamford

Sports Bash day at Stamford School. All Stars batsman Chris Scofield in action EMN-140726-230418009
Sports Bash day at Stamford School. All Stars batsman Chris Scofield in action EMN-140726-230418009

Stars of cricket, rugby and film will descend on Stamford to help raise thousand of pounds at the town’s annual sporting extravaganza.

Stars of cricket, rugby and film will descend on Stamford to help raise thousand of pounds at the town’s annual sporting extravaganza.

BGL SportBash 2015 will take place at Stamford School on July 23 and 24.

The event, organised by former England bowler and current Stamford Endowed Schools coach Dean Headley, is now in its fourth year. Last year it raised more than £30,000, which was split between Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and the Seb Goold Trust, via the Matt Hampson Foundation.

This year the event will support Matt Hampson Foundation, Seb Goold Trust, PCA Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes.

Dean has already secured financial help from a number of local businesses, including BGL Group in Peterborough, which has signed up to be the main sponsor. PS Financials is a match partner on both days.

And the lineups for the two matches are also filling up. On the Thursday a Matt Hampson all-star team including rugby star Lewis Moody and actor Colin Salmon will play a Help for Heroes XI. And on the Friday an England masters team featuring legends such as Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard and Adam Hollioake will take on a local legends XI.

Dean hopes this year’s event will be more streamlined than previous years, giving two great days for families. He said: “From year to year we have learned.

“This year we are bringing in more stuff, like climbing walls and a Battle of Britain flypast. There will be more inflatables, more things for people to do.

“We have more people looking to support it. Raising £31,500 for charity last year gave the event quite a lot of profile.”

To try to increase the attendance this year Dean has lowered ticket prices. Entry to both days will now be just £17.50.

And although the cricket will be the main attraction, there is plenty to keep people busy including live music, and sporting challenges.

Further partnerships have been secured with a number of businesses and organisations in the area. Dean thanked those who have so far signed up, including The George Hotel, Humberts who support the Kwik Cricket under 10 Cup, Stamford Marquees, Urban Inprint, Batemans Brewery, Sytner Group, Stamford Endowed Schools, Active Magazine, The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham, CBS Internet Services, MM Print Services, Beetroot Catering, the Rutland and Stamford Mercury and the Peterborough Telegraph.

Visit www.bglsportbash.co.uk for more.