Cricketers go into bat for Operation Challenge

Northants Cricket has joined forces with Northamptonshire Police to help raise awareness of and reduce violence, and players’ training kits are now sporting the words “Operation Challenge.”

After supporting charities MNDA & Carefree Northants in previous seasons, the Steelbacks will have the 'Operation Challenge' logo emblazoned on their training kits to show support for Northamptonshire Police’s campaign against violent crimes.

Superintendent Andy Cox said: “Operation Challenge is our county-wide initiative to keep the communities of Northamptonshire safe from violent crime and we’re really pleased that the players at Northants Cricket are supporting us.”

“Violence can affect people from any background and of any age and there are many types of violent crime, from robbery and alcohol-related assaults, to domestic abuse.”

“We really aren’t here to stop people having fun, particularly when they are out with friends and family having a drink, in fact we’re here to make sure they can do that in peace. However, we do want people to stop and think about the potentially life-changing consequences of getting involved in violence, or any type of crime, not only for the victim but for the offender.  For example, most people can imagine the devastating effects a prison sentence would have on their lives but even getting a caution will appear on a CRB check which can seriously hinder career prospects – one mistake can literally ruin your life. It’s just not worth it.”

“It’s great that Northants Cricket can help us raise awareness about Operation Challenge and help us to get preventative messages out there!”

Northants Cricket Chief Executive David Smith said, “We are delighted to be able to partner Northamptonshire Police in this initiative. This is just one small part of our plans to become an important part of the local community and we are fully supportive of Operation Challenge.”

Cricketers go into bat for Operation Challenge