Life Leisure’s David Hopkins Foundation helping young Stockport cricketer

Dad Paul Hooton, Alex Hooton and Romiley Cricket Club chairman Mike Rowe
Dad Paul Hooton, Alex Hooton and Romiley Cricket Club chairman Mike Rowe

Life Leisure is helping a young Stockport cricketer by covering his costs to play county cricket.

Alex Hooton has received £500 from Life Leisure’s David Hopkins Foundation to help him play for Cheshire and travel to trials for the North of England.

Alex, 15, who lives in Romiley and goes to Marple Hall School, has been selected to play for Cheshire having previously won the Cheshire Under-11s Bowling Award as a youngster and has also been part of the Cheshire Academy.

He said: “Being in the Academy involves a lot of extra commitment with extra training and attendance on courses, with a large focus being on fitness levels as well as cricket skills.

“This season I will continue to represent the under-15s and under-18s when my Cheshire commitments allow me to.”

Alex has been selected to attend trials for the North of England Schools Cricket team, which will involve a lot more travel to attend games against the other four England regional teams, which is all part of the rigouous selection process.

At club level Alex has won numerous awards for both his bowling and batting.

For the last two  seasons he has progressed to playing cricket at senior level and now plays in the first team each week as the opening bowler, regularly taking wickets , including a hat-trick in recent match.

David Hopkins representative Mandy Waller said: “It’s always rewarding to support people like Alex who are successful and have a great potential of continuing a brilliant career in sport.”

Life Leisure-run David Hopkins Foundation, offers grants up to £500 for individuals living in Stockport and £1,000 for clubs based in the Stockport borough and the application form can be found on the Life Leisure website.