Worcestershire Supporters’ Association will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year – and remains as strongly committed as ever to supporting Worcestershire CCC financially via a wide range of projects.

New Worcestershire CCC Commercial Manager David Hoskins and his enthusiastic staff will be running and staffing the Club Shop from the 2020 season onwards.

They are targeting increases in revenue and improved availability from the Club Shop which previously had been the responsibility of the Association.

It is anticipated, subject to planning, that there will be a permanent shop (alongside a museum, vastly improved disability access and cellar storage) at our ground above flood plains in time for the start of the 2021 season.

For 40 plus years the Association Shop was under the leadership of the late Association chairman Ken Mills MBE while current committee member Dave Kennedy has also provided many years sterling service.

But the Association are still focused on raising revenue from other various income streams – most notably the well-established Fifty-Fifty competition – and in the process being able to aid the County with future plans.

Current Association Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “We would like to wish all the best to David Hoskins and his team in striving to raise more revenue for the County via the Club Shop.

“We have voluntarily run the Association Shop for many, many years and even paid to provide the current outlet housed between the Hick Pavilion and Foley’s.

“If David, with his long-standing commercial expertise, can generate greater amounts of money then everyone on the Association committee will be delighted because that will be aiding Worcestershire CCC.

“But the Association is still going to do all it can to help raise monies which in turn will hopefully add to the massive list of projects the Association have aided the club with over many years – including purchasing New Road.

“The Fifty-Fifty competition is a source of thousands of pounds and we are committed to any profits being part of the Ground Improvement Fund.

“Even now, we are discussing a major project which will involve a significant outlay of money and is one we are considering financing.

“We all love this cricket club, this cricket ground, want the best for this cricket club, and in Fanos Hira (Chairman) and David (Hoskins) have an off the field team the Association are confident are leading the club in the right direction.”