Thursday 5 June 2008 

Surrey CCC Launches Pinnacle Project In Lambeth

Today Jon Batty was at Wyck Gardens, in Brixton to launch Surrey County Cricket Club’s Pinnacle Project. Batty bowled the first ball of the scheme which aims to drive the development of youth cricket in Lambeth.

The project will become an essential part of grassroots cricket in the borough. Firstly, it provides an activity for young people in a deprived area of the capital. Secondly, it will present a clear pathway for those who want to test their cricketing skills at a higher level.

The Pinnacle Project will create five clubs across the borough that can be easily accessed by anyone who wants to play more cricket outside of school. This will increase participation numbers by helping to bridge ability gaps in the game. Inter-club competition in the form of leagues and cups will be introduced to allow all of the young people involved to take part in competitive cricket.

Running alongside this main activity will be the ‘Reach Your Pinnacle’ programme. Throughout the summer, coaches will identify a select number of young people to attend more intensive coaching classes at the Brit Oval, designed to develop their skills further. These sessions will take place at weekends and during the winter months and represent a genuine development pathway for talented young cricketers in Lambeth.

Pinnacle, a community solutions company, is the main partner to this project and has provided funding for all of the coaching and equipment. Pinnacle invests in a wide range of community projects that aim to improve the lives of young people from inner-city areas.

Surrey County Cricket Club’s Corporate Responsibility and Fundraising Manager George Foster comments “It’s great to have a company like Pinnacle on board. The Pinnacle Project will help fill the gaps in cricket provision in Lambeth. Sport can offer a great deal to deprived communities and it’s important that the Surrey County Cricket Club plays a role in the development of the grassroots game that is right on its doorstep.”

Surrey County Cricket Club has a well established commitment to the community, charity and the environment. The Pinnacle project now forms part of that programme along with several other projects.

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