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Exciting Summer Ahead For Lycamobile, Chance To Shine & England - Chris Tooley

Chris Tooley chief executive of Lycamobile talking about Chance to Shine Street
Chris Tooley chief executive of Lycamobile

Following last month’s announcement of a new partnership between Lycamobile and Chance to Shine, Chief Executive of Lycamobile, Christopher Tooley is looking forward to an exciting summer for both the company and the charity.

Lycamobile, who are sponsors of Surrey County Cricket Club, last month began their sponsorship of Chance to Shine’s youth scheme - Chance to Shine Street - which aims to provide cricket to inner city areas.

When asked about the sponsorship deal Christopher Tooley expressed the company’s excitement for getting involved with the scheme.

“We’re getting really involved with that [Chance to Shine Street] as we don’t just want to be seen as supporting cricket at the top end.

We want to take a holistic approach and be seen to be supporting cricket all the way through from grassroots to the Test match arena and with Chance to Shine you can’t get more grassroots than Chance to Shine Street,” said Tooley.

The chief executive further extolled the virtues of the scheme which helps to provide cricket on a much wider scale and to a variety of people. 

“It’s how people all over the world have learnt to play cricket. Not necessarily in a lovely cricket environment at Lord’s or the Oval or lovely village grounds, but in the cities where they come from and Chance to Shine Street gives opportunity to do that.”

He was eager to point out the benefits of the scheme not only from the perspective of the companies involved or those currently involved in the scheme but for cricket as a whole.

“I’m convinced that our support and the support of other companies with Chance to Shine will reap rewards for English cricket as well as help us build our ground in the communities we are looking to serve.”

Of course, Lycamobile’s connection with cricket doesn’t stop with Chance to Shine, with the company also being sponsors of Surrey as well as any Test match cricket held at the ground. As their second year with the club they are looking to improve on the progress they made last year, especially with the upcoming test matches against New Zealand and Australia that will also feature at the ground.

However, some of the biggest news from Surrey’s point of view is the signing of Kevin Pietersen who has snubbed this year’s IPL in the hopes of regaining a place in the England side.

When asked about the signing of Pietersen, the chief executive was full of praise and expressed excitement at the batsman’s eagerly awaited return.

“It’s fantastic to have KP playing for Surrey, especially playing in the County Championship which he didn’t play in last year. Obviously it was a tough year for him last year and this year we’ve all heard that he’ll do anything to get back in the England side.

"If he were to do it he’d have to score a hatful of runs for Surrey and then we’ll see.”

Christopher was similarly thrilled when asked about the signing of the world-class talent of Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, both from a cricketing perspective and from the perspective of the company.

“Well he is extraordinary,” Christopher commented on the Sri Lankan star, “One of the great players of the modern era.”

“We’ve got some events lined up with Kumar. He’s an outstanding individual, an outstanding person as well as an outstanding cricketer and we hope to be seeing him perform for Surrey over the summer and we hope to meet him from a Lycamobile perspective as well.”

It is certainly an exciting summer ahead for Surrey, Chance to Shine and Lycamobile.

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