Lycamobile and Surrey County Cricket Club team up to bring cricket back to Kennington Park
Surrey County Cricket Club, with support from Lycamobile, have successfully brought cricket back to Kennington Park.The Park's cricket pitch - just five minutes from the Kia Oval - had fallen into disrepair in recent years but significant investment from Surrey and the club's Official Mobile Partner Lycamobile has seen the facilities upgraded to a standard where they are now regularly used by the Last Man Stands organisation and demand is growing for 2015.
As well as returning the cricket facilities to use, Surrey have also created a new football pitch in the park - which as well as giving local footballers improved facilities also takes pressure off the outfield by hugely reducing the amount of football played on it!
Although the pitch has now been restored to a level where cricket can be regularly played, Surrey and Lycamobile will continue to invest in the ground over the next few seasons, improving facilities and ensuring the recent progress is maintained.
The renewal was recently celebrated by a short staff match at Kennington Park, which featured former England seamer Paul Taylor (now Surrey's Director of Cricket Development) running in hard with his left arm seamers being treated with due respect by both Chief Executive Richard Gould and the popular Lycamobile mascot Globe Man!
Lycamobile are also strong supporters of Cricket United, the unique charity day that will take place at the Kia Oval this Saturday (August 16th), the second day of the final Investec Test Match between England and India. The day, which raises money for the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund, will see the Kia Oval turn blue for the day. Fans are able to buy a special Lycamobile SIM card, which raises money for the charities on purchase and every time the service is topped up.
Richard Gould, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club said:
"Over the last two or three years, the club has been investing quite a lot of money - along with the Surrey Cricket Board and Lambeth Council - to try and improve the facilities. Last winter we started work on the outfield and we're pleased to say it's a good standard now."
"We're really grateful to Lycamobile for their leadership and allowing us to proceed with this kind of project."
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman, Lycamobile, added:
"It's great to be linking with Surrey County Cricket Club, a club that has got a great outreach into its community, which is also what the Lyca brand is all about. We're delighted that some of our funding is going towards helping out this project in Kennington Park."
Speaking to Surrey TV at Kennington Park, Taylor concluded:
"Lycamobile are an international brand and it's great to be associated with them, especially on such an important project as this in Kennington Park. To see cricket being played here once again is a fantastic feeling and hopefully it will only go from strength to strength in future years."
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