London youngsters bowled over by the Workspace Urban20 competition

Alex Tudor, the former Surrey and England cricketer, helped coach local kids in a ‘Workspace Urban20’ cricket competition at Brixton Recreation Centre last Wednesday (29 Nov). Tudor and Lydia Greenway, the current England women’s player of the year, were on hand to offer tips and advice to teenagers from across south London. The event featured four local schools and is part of the 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 supported by Brit Insurance’ campaign. It engages teenagers in cricket activities and provides opportunities to learn vocational skills. The tournament was won by Stepney Green Secondary School from Bethnal Green.

Alex Tudor said: “Coming here reminds me of my time playing cricket as a kid. There have been some really good cricketers down here today who clearly have a huge amount of talent and skill. It’s been fantastic to watch them enjoying this great game and hopefully learning a few things as well.”

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. Through the festival programme we want to continue to offer young people the opportunity to have fun by playing in these festivals but also involve them in the logistics of staging tournaments and promoting them.”

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation said: “We believe at the Cricket Foundation that cricket can help teach youngsters many things about life. By working with Workspace Group PLC to provide London teenagers with vocational experience further demonstrates the educational benefits of Chance to Shine.”

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