Date: Thursday 30 August 2018
Our East Midlands regional team has donated £1,000 towards 14-year-old Isobel Barnes’ trip to New Zealand where she will compete at the Junior World Series of Indoor Cricket this October.
Isobel started playing cricket when she was just 8 years old and was quickly put forward for a trial with the under 13s Girls Leicestershire County Cricket team, it’s from there that her cricketing career began. Having played two seasons for the under 13s team, Isobel moved up to the under 15s team where she is now captain. Recently, Isobel was selected by the England and Wales Cricket Board to represent The Midlands at a tournament in Taunton and took part in the regional development competition with the under 18’s team. Alongside her already busy schedule, Isobel also plays for the county under 17s team, Leicestershire Ladies Vixens and for the U17s Indoor England team.
Following a win for the the England U17s at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena, Isobel and her teammates will now fly out to New Zealand to compete against teams from all around the world. Commenting on the donation, Isobel said: “It’s been an amazing journey getting to this point and I’m so excited to go to New Zealand. This sponsorship means so much and is really going to help get me to the championships. Thank you, Taylor Wimpey!”
Isobel’s mum, Sallie Barnes said: “We are so thankful for the donation from Taylor Wimpey. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the whole team so it’s important we can get Isobel there to represent England. We’re all so proud of her and it’s great to know we have Taylor Wimpey’s support.”
Rob Curry, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: “Isobel’s devotion to cricket and challenging herself is admirable. We’re delighted to give our support and help get her to New Zealand. We pride ourselves on supporting the local community and the amazing individuals in it such as Isobel. We all wish her the best of luck at the Junior World Series. We’ll be keeping a close watch on the games!”