Mayor of London steps up to the wicket for grassroots sports

Mayor of London steps up to the wicket for grassroots sports

10 July, 2015 – Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, teamed up with young cricketers at Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex in Uxbridge to show support for the work of Chance to Shine Street in his local constituency.

Chance to Shine Street, which aims to bring the game of cricket to young people in inner-city areas, and its official sponsor Lycamobile, the world’s biggest international mobile virtual network operator, hosted the event to celebrate the start of the world famous Ashes. As well as meeting some of the children supported by the charity, the Mayor of London tested his creative skills by constructing an essential tool of the game, a tape-ball, before taking part in a Street cricket match.

Chance to Shine Street is cricket, but not as you know it. Free, weekly sessions are held all year round at community venues, such as leisure centres, sports halls and caged areas around housing estates and parks. Games are based on an exciting six-a-side format using a tape-ball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape. It is inclusive and accessible with little equipment required and everyone getting a chance to bat, bowl and field.

Allirajah Subaskaran, Chairman of Lycamobile said, “As the Ashes gets underway it could not be a more exciting time for British cricket. The power this sport has to unite us as a nation will be apparent throughout the summer and our partnership with Chance to Shine Street mutually reflects this desire to connect communities with cricket.” Chief executive of Chance to Shine, Luke Swanson, said, “The Mayor of London’s support for Chance to Shine Street means a lot to us and to our participants. The programme shows that cricket can play a special role in bringing communities closer together, breaking down barriers and supporting young people from all backgrounds to aim high and develop key life skills. At such an exciting time for cricket, we see tremendous potential to take the Street programme to many more communities in London and across the country.”
Chance to Shine Street has reached nearly 40,000 young people since 2008 and, working closely with local county cricket boards, will bring cricket to a further 3,000 participants in 2015. Youth projects currently run nationally in eight key areas: Birmingham, Bristol, Dewsbury, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester. The charity identified towns and cities that lacked cricket provision and areas within them that were socially deprived or had high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.


For further information on the event or Lycamobile please contact:

Olivia Allen, Harvard PR

E: M: 020 7861 3967

For details of Chance to Shine Street, please contact:

Fabian Devlin, Chance to Shine
E: M: 07920 502 152

Ben Walker, Chance to Shine
E: M: 07901 102 533

Notes to Editors

About Lycamobile

Lycamobile’s mission is to connect friends and family around the world. As the world’s biggest international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Lycamobile provides low-cost, high-quality data and voice services to over 14m customers across 19 countries. It is now expanding to offer a broad range of financial and travel services, including Lycamoney and Lycafly, that help people stay in touch across borders. Founded in 2006 and with a turnover of €1.5bn in 2014, Lycamobile continues to grow rapidly and now welcomes a new customer to its family every two seconds.
Lycamobile is available in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

About Chance to Shine
Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. It takes cricket to new places and uses it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people from Cornwall to Canterbury to County Durham. Chance to Shine Street (formerly ‘StreetChance’) takes the game and its educational benefits to disadvantaged areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour. The programme is using the power of cricket to engage young people from a range of backgrounds, increase aspiration and promote respect.
In the past 10 years Chance to Shine has proved that cricket has the power to bring young people from all walks of life together and teach life skills that will stay with them forever. The charity is committed to giving all young people the chance to play it, learn from it and enjoy it.

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