News Archive - 03

Nick meets representatives of Frank Water in India

Whilst the rest of his team mates relaxed on their precious day off, England cricketer Nick Compton was busy meeting representatives of pioneering UK water charity just hours after the team touched down in Kolkata. Wearing a t-shirt with the charity’s slogan “Clean Water Saves Lives”, England’s opening batsman was surrounded by interested onlookers, children and hotel staff as he posed for photographs and spoke to journalists.

While Compton’s mind is firmly on his cricket, the tour has allowed him to support FRANK Water by highlighting the lack of access to safe drinking water that is still a widespread problem in India.

The Somerset star’s bat features a sticker bearing the distinctive logo of FRANK Water, a charity founded by young entrepreneur Katie Alcott, which funds the implementation of safe water projects in India and the developing world.

“Spending time in India has really opened my eyes to some of the issues surrounding the lack of access to safe drinking water. It’s not something we have to worry about in the UK but over here, it’s an issue that crosses your mind every time you turn on the tap” he said.

Based close to Compton’s Somerset County patch, FRANK Water was founded in 2005 by Katie after she contracted dysentery from dirty drinking water during a trip to India. Since then, it has funded 88 projects. Working closely with in-country NGO partners, FRANK Water identifies communities in need and funds the multi-stage filtration systems that save thousands of lives. The projects are owned and run by members of the community to ensure they continue to operate well into the future.

Katie said: “We are thrilled that Nick was able to meet with one of our NGO partners during his time in Kolkata. His support is so valuable and for him to find the time to back our cause for clean, safe water, during the most important time of his career is just fantastic.”

Nick backs Charity on England duty against India!

England's new opening batsman Nick Compton marks his Test debut tomorrow (Friday) by taking a stand for a pioneering Bristol water charity which has saved thousands of lives in India.

The Somerset star’s bat features a new sticker bearing the distinctive logo of FRANK Water, a charity founded by young entrepreneur Katie Alcott, which funds the implementation of safe water projects in India and the developing world.

While Compton’s mind is firmly on his cricket as he embarks on the biggest match of his career in Ahmedabad, the tour has allowed him to support FRANK Water by highlighting the lack of access to safe drinking water that is still a widespread problem in India.

“As sportsmen we take on board gallons of water to hydrate, without necessarily thinking anything more about it. But water should not be taken for granted and I’m very proud to support the work of FRANK and all that it represents,” he said.

Based close to Compton’s stomping ground in Taunton, FRANK Water was founded in 2005 by Katie after she contracted dysentery from dirty drinking water during a trip to India.

Since then, it has funded 88 projects. Working closely with in-country NGO partners, it identifies communities in need and funds the multi-stage filtration systems that save thousands of lives. The projects are owned and run by members of the community to ensure they continue to operate well into the future.

Katie said: “We are absolutely delighted that Nick is supporting FRANK Water and that even at a time when he’s playing the biggest match of his career he can still find time to back our cause for clean, safe water across the world.”

Nick bats his way to a confidence boosting 64*

Nick Compton expressed his relief after scoring runs in the second warm up match against Mumbai A in India.

Nick who experienced a tough start with the bat was under pressure to score runs to help secure the opening spot for the first test, which gets underway on November 15th.

“I definitely needed that. It’s not been an ideal start and naturally everyone in the squad is vying for a place so performing in these warm up matches is vital.”

“I took some confidence from getting the initial nod but I think you sometimes need to give yourself some time. While I’ve played in India with Somerset in the CLt20, the conditions can take some getting used to and the best way to do that is to spend time in the middle.”

Nick crowned Somerset's Player of the Year

Nick finished off his fantastic year by collecting Somerset County Cricket Club's Player of the Year Award.

This marks a particularly successful year with the County as Compton finished with 1,494 runs at an average just shy of 100. He also collected the coveted PCA Player of the Year and the Cricket Writers Player of the Year awards and celebrated with an England Test Call Up.

Compton ready for England Tour

Nick Compton is completing his last minute preparations in readiness for the forthcoming Test series against India, for which he sets off for on October 25th.

“It’s a mixture of excitement and nerves. It’s just a question of going out there and maximising my opportunities and enjoying it. First and foremost to be on a tour is great, but I would also like to play my small part and contribute.”

Before jetting off, Nick caught up with his sponsor Westerley Bridgwater (pictured) who provide him with a car when he is in Somerset.

Compton crowned PCA Player of the Year

Somerset’s Nick Compton has rounded off his perfect week in superb fashion – by being crowned the NatWest PCA Player of the Year for 2012.

The PCA, in association with NatWest and the ECB, hosted the Awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution on Thursday evening (20th September). In front of players, former players, officials and guests, Nick Compton was presented with the Reg Hayter Cup for NatWest PCA Player of the Year for 2012, while Joe Root of Yorkshire was named as NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.