Salix Sponsorship Scheme
The Salix Sponsorship Scheme (s3) is all about giving talented players access to seriously good bats and equipment, and access to a bespoke service unlike any other brand.
We review the scheme for existing players once annually each new year, but also welcome applications throughout the season. To apply, please email and we will reply with an application form. The scheme is open to all UK individual players, and overseas players whilst resident in the UK, and selected EU players.
The scheme consists of tiers relating to the level of cricket played so offers the chance for players to be rewarded with greater discounts as they move up through the ranks. Our entry level is junior county cricket (s3), leading onto emerging player programmes (academy), then on to first class cricket (academy+). Many of our players have been supported and in turn have brilliantly represented Salix throughout their cricket development and are now breaking into the professional game.
As a brand we are 100% founded on quality and intensive high performance manufacturing, so we do not look for major merchandising endorsements. However, due to the way in which we manufacture, individually and entirely in our Kentish workshops, we are able to offer aspiring cricketers extraordinary quality in bats and equipment which is especially crucial in their early years. We are proud to have made bats for many first class players throughout their formative years and also to have supplied unlabelled bats to those within contract to other brands.
All s3 players' bats are made to order, often through a true bespoke fitting which is very unusual, particularly in junior sizes. Players' bats carry s3 labels and visits to the workshop give access to industry leading quality and first sight of new ideas and products. Every season we receive letters, emails and photos from s3 players attesting to first centuries or record averages with a very special new Salix: the right bat can make a huge difference.
Seriously special junior bats
Junior bats can often be merchandise: normally mass produced, overseas made replicas of the bats endorsed by players. At Salix we have a totally different approach, which is why we can never make enough every season and the Pod Harrow has become such an icon. We press, shape and finish our juniors with the same individual attention as the seniors and they represent real value and inspiration for young players.
Despite the apparent speed at which players grow and move through sizes, we believe fervently that quality should start in junior bats and not be the preserve of proven seniors. In junior cricket finding the right size, weight and balance is simply crucial in converting natural skill and enthusiasm into real commitment to the game. A bat which is too heavy or badly made will not nurture talent or inspire. A bat which is well pressed, balanced and finished can be transforming.
When the signature silver labelling of a Salix flashes during a school, village or county match, the chances are that a young player is enjoying real batmaking and discovering the passion for cricket that we feel in making the bats.