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England cricketer Ravi Bopara this week launched 'Chance to Shine Street Youth', a new initiative aimed at getting kids off the streets and playing cricket by the charity Chance to Shine.
The project is the youth element of the charity’s community programme ‘Chance to Shine Street’ and will be sponsored by mobile network operator Lycamobile.
Chance to Shine Street is free to take part in and offers 8 to 15-year-olds with no access to cricket facilities the chance to show off their skills at year-round weekly sessions held at community venues as well as designated areas around housing estates and parks.
The format used is six-a-side tape ball cricket.
All-rounder Bopara helped launch the program at the Kia Oval.
“Chance to Shine Street can help massively by giving kids access to somewhere to play cricket. They just want a place to play cricket, they don’t care how it’s done and sometimes those kids don’t have the opportunity in inner-cities”, Bopara said.
“Tapeball cricket is so simple: get a tennis ball, tape it up, let’s play cricket. It speeds up the game, it’s exciting and I used to love it as a kid”, he added.
Luke Swanson, Chief executive of Chance to Shine, said: “Chance to Shine Street is fast-paced, hard-hitting, loud, fun and open to anyone. It has a proven record of attracting young people, supporting their development and keeping them engaged in the game.”
Chance to Shine Street is the latest cricket initiative to receive the backing of Lycamobile and its enigmatic Sri Lankan-origin chairperson Subaskara Alirajah.
“We have always had strong ties to cricket with our sponsorship of Surrey County Cricket Club and UK Test Match Grounds, so to support Chance to Shine and their ‘Street’ programme is a perfect synergy for us”, Mr Alirajah says.
“Lycamobile’s mission is to keep communities connected wherever they are in the world which is at the core of the Chance to Shine work - something we are very proud to be associated with”, he adds.
With the partnership Lycamobile also becomes headline sponsor of the Chance to Shine Street Awards, which reward and recognise players and coaches involved in the programme.
Launched in 2008, Chance to Shine aims to bring cricket to young people in urban areas where there are few green spaces and fewer traditional cricket clubs.
Youth projects currently run nationally in eight key areas, including cities home to large cricket-loving migrant communities such as Birmingham, Leicester, London, Manchester and Bristol.
The charity identified towns and cities that lacked cricket provision and areas within them that were socially deprived or had high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The charity is also using the game to promote social cohesion and connect young people from different backgrounds in diverse communities.
Chance to Shine Street has reached nearly 40,000 young people since 2008 and, working closely with local county cricket boards, will bring cricket to a further 3,000 participants in 2015.Read More »
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A team of Indian scientists could become the first to send a private spacecraft to the moon after bagging a million-dollar interim prize from search giant Google.
Bangalore-based Axiom Research Labs, whose team includes some young techies as well as veterans of the Indian Space Research Organization, won the prize after submitting their design for a lunar rover.
Now the team - which calls itself Team Indus - is the only Indian outfit in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which features 17 other teams racing to build a complete exploration vehicle that can land on the moon by the end of 2016 and win $30 million for their troubles.
The team's machine is appropriately named 'Ek Choti Si Asha' ("One Small Hope") and was judged to have the competition's sturdiest landing gear, a crucial element in successfully getting a machine of this kind on the surface of the moon.
“We can be the first, that’s why we are in this race,” said Dilip Chabria, one of the seven founders of the company.
Whilst the landing gear is important, the team's machine needs to safely land on the lunar surface and release a robot to explore at least 500 meters from the landing site in order to win the final prize.
Team Indus estimates that it will ultimately require a total of $45 million to get their spacecraft ready.
Axiom has reportedly raised some of the money from investors but refuses to say how much.
The Google Lunar XPrize prize was created to spur private-sector innovation and investment needed for the world’s first privately-funded exploration of the moon.Read More »
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