London Pupils Bowled Over by Workspace Urban20 competition

Pupils from nine schools across London tested their cricketing skills in the ‘Workspace Urban20 competition’ at the Ken Barrington Cricket Centre at the Kia Oval earlier this month (15th May). The event hosted two separate tournaments for boys and girls from the U13 age category and is part of an ongoing partnership between the Cricket Foundation and  Workspace Group PLC.

Workspace Urban20 is a cricket competition for secondary age children from schools involved in the Cricket Foundation’s charitable ‘Chance to Shine’ campaign. It allows all age groups to partake in cricket activities, whilst learning key core values.

Both the boys and the girl’s competitions were won by Kingsdale School, from Southwark after defeating London Nautical from Waterloo in the boys’ final, and Charter School from Southwark in the girls‰Ûª final. The winners of the boys’ completion, Kingsdale School then took on a team of the Workspace employees, which they duly won. The victorious girls had the experience of a lifetime as a prize as they were given a master class by England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards.

The Workspace Urban20 cricket tournament forms part of Workspace’s community investment programme which enables engagement between entrepreneurship, education and employment. As part of Workspace’s wider initiative, young people from Chance to Shine schools will have the opportunity to learn important life and vocational skills by being involved in the planning and staging of future tournaments. Further engagement in local community will be offered by Workspace PLC – staff will have the opportunity to engage with youngsters in local Chance to Shine schools to share knowledge and experience of the working world.

Workspace Group PLC is a specialised property based business which provides business accommodation for small businesses throughout London and the South East. Workspace Group is providing office support to the Cricket Foundation as part of the partnership.

Workspace Group encourages urban regeneration and co-operation between the public and private sectors. James Friedenthal, Director of Marketing said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Cricket Foundation, which runs such effective community engagement programmes. It was a fantastic days and great to see so many local children enjoying this opportunity.

Talking about the day, Kingsdale School P.E Teacher Jason Price said, “It was a really great day for the kids and they really enjoyed it.”

Yerodin Moxam, captain of the winning Kingsdale side, stated, “This was a really wonderful opportunity to show the talent we have, and, the talent that all the kids around London have. We really enjoyed it and hope to come back again.”

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