SOMERSET County Cricket Club staff and players took part in a blood pressure testing initiative in partnership with NHS Somerset and Somerset Council.

The awareness-raising event forms part of their new ‘Take the Pressure Off’ campaign.

Somerset Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team as well as Dr Tim Norbury from Taunton Vale Healthcare carried out the blood pressure checks with the 2023 squad and staff members.

They shared tips and advice for maintaining a healthy blood pressure and looked to raise awareness for why it’s important to know your numbers.

Executive Director of Public and Population Health for Somerset Council and NHS Somerset, Professor Trudi Grant, said: “Many people with high blood pressure experience no symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the ‘silent killer’. Early detection is crucial, as untreated high blood pressure can lead to devastating consequences such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

Head Coach at Somerset County Cricket Club, Jason Kerr, said: “Maintaining peak physical condition is essential for our players’ performance. Blood pressure is a key health indicator, and we take preventive measures very seriously. Initiatives like ‘Take the Pressure Off’ are fantastic for promoting community well-being, and we’re proud to participate during our pre-season activities.”

Somerset County Gazette: Sean Dickson gets checked up at the County Ground.Sean Dickson gets checked up at the County Ground. (Image: NHS Somerset)

The ‘Take the Pressure Off Challenge’ initiative encourages Somerset residents (especially those aged 40 and above) to get their blood pressure checked regularly as early detection allows for necessary lifestyle changes.

Somerset County Cricket Club are proud to extend their partnership with the NHS and have recently offered discounted tickets to cricket matches for blue light card holder.

For more information on the ‘Take the Pressure Off’ campaign and how to get your blood pressure checked, visit