Wednesday 21 May 2008 

Thorpe Says Howzat To Surrey Youngsters

Graham Thorpe, the former England and Surrey Cricketer today launched the Brit Howzat Project at the Brit Insurance Oval. The Scheme allows thousands of school children in Lambeth and south London to receive cricket coaching, a lesson in the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre, a tour of the ground and tickets to a First-Class match.

In the past the scheme has only run for ten weeks in a year. Now, thanks to its partnership with Brit Insurance, the Howzat project has trebled in scale to run for 30 weeks of the year. With sessions running four mornings a week, this now allows over 2,000 local children to benefit.

The Brit Howzat project has been set up to broaden the reach of the game in Lambeth, and maximise the facilities that the Brit Insurance Oval has to offer. Receiving tickets to a Surrey match during the summer gives local school children the chance watch a live professional game at the leading Test Match venue.

Hugh Robertson, Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics and Paul Sheldon, Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club were both at the launch to see one of the classroom based Howzat sessions in action.

Paul Sheldon Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club said “Schemes such as the Brit Howzat Project are key to the future of the game, as the Twenty20 season approaches and with the IPL in full swing, it’s important to utilise the excitement and interest that this generates to get more young people involved in cricket.”

Graham Thorpe said of the project “The community programme appears to grow every time I visit. It really is at the heart of the Club here and there are always plenty of youngsters using the facilities at the ground. It’s great to see that the different schemes reach out across the county too.”