Lycamobile & Surrey Take Cricket Back To Kennington Park
Surrey County Cricket Club and Lycamobile have successfully teamed up to take cricket back to Kennington Park.
The park's cricket pitch lies just five minutes away from the Kennington Oval but had fallen in to disrepair until significant investment from Surrey and Lycamobile have given the facilities an upgrade.
They are now used by the Last Man Stands organisation and more activity is expected in the future.
Surrey have created a football pitch in the park which serves to not only give footballers an area to play, but also reduces the amount of football played on the cricket pitch.
Surrey and Lycamobile will continue to invest in the ground over the next few seasons to ensure recent progress is maintained.
This was celebrated with a short staff match at the ground, featuring former England spinner Paul Taylor, who is now Surrey's Director of Cricket Development, Surrey chief executive Richard Gould and Lycamobile's Globe Man mascot.
"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," Gould said.
"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 of 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 commented: "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."
This Saturday (16th August) sees another link-up between Surrey and Lycamobile with Cricket United, the unique charity day taking place at the Kia Oval during the fifth and final Test between England and India.
The ground will turn blue for the day as funds are raised for the Lord's Taverners, Chance To Shine and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund with fans able to contribute by buying a special Lycamobile SIM card which raises money for the charities each time it is topped up.
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