Press Release June 2024

England cricket legend Stuart Broad CBE is to become the new Patron of the Primary Club, the charity that supports sport for the blind and visually impaired (VI).

Broad, 37, who retired at the end of the 2023 Ashes after becoming only the fifth bowler to take 600 Test wickets, succeeds another England bowling great, Derek Underwood, who died in April after 17 years as the Primary Club’s Patron.  Stuart Broad

Broad commented: “The Primary Club has a long and distinguished history of supporting grassroots cricket and many other sports for those with a visual impairment. Making cricket – and all sport – accessible to everyone is something I feel strongly about and I am proud and delighted to support this wonderful charity.”

The Primary Club, now in its 70th year, is well known to listeners of BBC’s Test Match Special and was popularised by the late commentator Brian Johnston. Membership is open to anyone who has ever been out first ball in any game of cricket, from the back garden to an Ashes Test. The Primary Club raises funds to support a wide range of sport and recreation for the blind and VI across the UK.

Last year, with its regular income supplemented by two major legacies, the Primary Club awarded grants of more than £325,000 to clubs and organisations involved in futsal, baseball, goalball, golf, skiing, swimming, sailing, tandem cycling, Braille chess and the new sport of Showdown. The Primary Club is also the main supporter of the thriving network of VI cricket clubs in the UK.

Tim Kelleher, chair of the Primary Club, said: “We are delighted and honoured that the Nighthawk has agreed to become our Patron. As well as all his other records and achievements, Stuart holds the England record for the most primaries’ [first-ball dismissals] in Test matches – as did his illustrious predecessor Derek Underwood!”

More information about the Primary Club can be found at, where donations and membership applications can also be made.



The Times 15/06/2024 (Sports Sup., p13) Times Online Article