11.00: Team and guests arrive at the Vat & Fiddle Old Cold Store
11.15: Brewery tour for all guests hosted by Robin Hood
11.45: Prepare for game
12:00: Cricket commences for approx. 1 hr
13:00: Lunch and Beer for players and guests provided in the Old Cold Store
Castle Rock is hosting the Maasai Cricket Warriors from Kenya for an exclusive, friendly cricket match against Castle Rock’s brewery and pub staff. The quickfire match, which is part of the Warriors’ 2018 tour, is due to take place at Castle Rock’s brewery yard on Friday 31st August at 12pm and will have a unique rulebook designed to keep the match entertaining as well as energetic. The tour is hosted by the Mojatu Foundation as well as Nottingham Trent University.
The Maasai Cricket Warriors Tour is part of a major cultural exchange between the Maasai community and the UK and features a jam-packed schedule of cricket matches and community events. The aim of the tour is several-fold: to promote the positive aspects of Maasai culture, to inspire a love for cricket both in their local communities and internationally, but also, as fierce advocates of gender equality, they are hoping that they can raise funds to help campaign to fight serious social injustices faced by girls and women. This includes, but is not limited to, issues like hate crime, modern slavery and female genital mutilation.
Castle Rock’s managing director Colin Wilde was the first to chat with the Maasai Warriors, comments, “It is a privilege to invite the Maasai Warriors Cricket team to Castle Rock Brewery for what will be the inaugural cricket match in our brewery yard. It has always been something we wanted to arrange, and we are delighted that the Maasai are able to take the time out of their busy schedule and have accepted our challenge. We hope it proves popular for both players and spectators and will be the springboard for us to arrange many similar events.”
Nottingham’s Official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, will be showing the warriors around Castle Rock Brewery before the match commences at 12pm in Castle Rock’s brewery yard. Ideal seating situated at the Vat & Fiddle’s rear beer garden will enable spectators to get right amongst the action, as Castle Rock staff take on the legendary warriors in their traditional attire, which includes their blood red ‘shukas’ and bright, beaded necklaces. In addition to hosting the cricketers, Castle Rock is donating £500 to help cover their tour costs, as well as providing some well-earned food and drink for the competitors after the match, which will be both light-hearted in nature but with a strong underlying message.