A cricket team consisting of former Rydal Penrhos pupils have been thanked for their generous donation to an exciting new project.
The Rydal Dolphins contributed to the cost of the development of an outdoor cricket nets facility, which will be used by aspiring young cricketers looking to improve their game under the direction of the school’s dedicated coaching staff.
The donation was made in memory of Brian Lewis, who was a Rydal School pupil from 1953-62 and left a gift in his will for the Dolphins following his passing.
Other notable contributions to the project came from The Percy Heywood Bequest and The W. Stephen Jones Memorial Fund, with a special plaque recognising their generosity unveiled at the start of the eagerly anticipated Dolphins Week against the school’s first XI.
Alumni and Development director Sarah Ritchie, said: “We're incredibly grateful to the Dolphins for their generous donation this term which has gone towards new cricket equipment (nets and framework, and Astro wicket for Brackley).
“Thank you to you all, and especially to Jon Davies for making it happen.”
This year’s Dolphins Week marked the 20th anniversary since the death of Ray Pitman, a former professional cricket player who represented Hampshire before taking up a groundsman position at Rydal Penrhos and spent many hours coaching children at the school during this time.
The Dolphins have also announced the formation of a brand new committee in a bid to boost numbers and increase involvement, with Ben Griffin (Chair), Marcus Copeland (Secretary) and Jon Davies (Treasurer) leading the team.