As announced at our recent club meal and also detailed in our membership packs, Stratford are delighted to have the REPL Group as main sponsors for the 2015 season.

This is a great boost to the Club and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between a successful local business and one of the Town’s front line sports clubs. Sponsorship is a key element to the Club’s future and we would also like to express our gratitude to all our generous sponsors. We shall be looking to further develop our sponsorship activities and offerings going forward.

Please read on for thoughts from REPL’s CEO, Mike Callender (this can also be downloaded along with the rest of our May newsletter).

Hello to everyone at Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club,

On behalf of REPL Group, can I start by saying how delighted we are to be on board as the new main sponsor. Our strong impression is of a club brimming with enthusiasm, energy and optimism for the season ahead; and when I had the opportunity to meet with a number of you at the Annual Dinner in April I was also extremely impressed with the shared commitment here to junior cricket and local community engagement.

These values – energy, optimism, community – are all important themes in REPL’s own story. For those of you who don’t know us, REPL is a company which specialises in technology, process and management change for clients in the retail, supply chain and manufacturing sectors. We provide solutions across some of the key battlegrounds for modern business advantage: from workforce management, warehouse management and back office systems to multi-channel retail strategy, ecommerce and the in-store digital experience.

From a small business start-up in 2007 we have grown rapidly into one of the leaders in our field, and we now work globally with some of the world’s biggest companies and brands. Although we have staff all over the world, we are strongly rooted in and around Stratford District, with our headquarters in Henley-in-Arden and many members of staff – including myself – living in Stratford. Many, like me, are big fans of sport and cricket in particular. Others have yet to be properly introduced to the joy of this magnificent game, but rest assured we will be working on them over the course of the coming season.

As to how many of them play the game, we hope to find out with a combined Panthers & Bards XI vs REPL XI charity game in the not-too-distant future. I suspect with many of us firmly in the ‘former’ player category we may need some considerable help when that day comes!

Although Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club has been through some difficult times in recent years, your turnaround over the last 18 months or so has been nothing short of inspirational. From your sustained focus on grassroots local talent and the growing strength of your junior section to some exciting overseas and coaching signings, the club’s new management has really focused on getting it right both on and off the pitch. The fact that former England team director and current ECB technical director of elite cricket coaching Andy Flower has become involved along with other high profile names speaks volumes for the energy and the vision at the club. That is something we want to support.

On behalf of everyone at REPL I wish the teams at every level and age group the very best of luck for the season ahead. I look forward to seeing many of you around the club soon.

Mike Callender, CEO of REPL Group