Dickie Bird trust will offer grants to get children into sport

The world's most famous cricket umpire yesterday launched the Dickie Bird Foundation to help poor children participate in sport.

Haydn Farrar, the foundation's secretary, said: "Dickie was born into a miner's family and his father backed him all the way, so he is adopting that philosophy to help others."

The charity will accept grant applications from between £500 to £5,000, to be heard at the trustees' October meeting.

Grants will be made for sports kit, coaching and training expenses.

"Dickie is anxious to help any young person who cannot play a sport without help," said Farrar.

Cricket memorabilia auctions at 12 dinners from September are expected to raise up to £500,000.

Celebrity patrons include Sir Tim Rice and Michael Parkinson.

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