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England star Hameed inspires street-cricketers

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Projects run in cities such as London, Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester

England cricket’s newest prodigy, Haseeb Hameed, joined participants at a Chance to Shine Street cricket session in India.

Hameed, who introduced himself to the world in England’s recent tour of India, joined the ‘Street Session’ answering the participants’ questions and offering his own top tips for the game.

The participants, aged 16-24, have been playing regularly under the guidance of Chance to Shine Street cricket coach Rehaan Rather. The opportunity to meet a professional cricketer, who is achieving success at such a young age, was an inspiring opportunity for the young adults.

Chance to Shine Street projects run in cities such as London, Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester. The free sessions have proved particularly popular, playing a fast-paced version of ‘tape-ball cricket’, which uses a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape.

In 2016, over 2,700 children and young adults aged eight-24 took part in Street sessions. Around 75% of players are from BME backgrounds and 85% of the projects run in the 50% most deprived areas of the country.

Speaking at the event, Haseeb Hameed said “This evening’s been great. It was my first experience of Chance to Shine Street tapeball cricket, it’s not something I’ve played before but to see it here tonight was brilliant. There’s a lot of natural talent here and tapeball gives you a real opportunity to showcase your skills.

“Chance to Shine Street is a great scheme and I’ve no doubt that a lot of talent will progress within the game as a result of playing tapeball cricket.”

Lycamobile Chairman, Allirajah Subaskaran, said, “We are very proud to sponsor Chance to Shine Street and over the past year have witnessed how its programmes and initiatives have changed the lives of some of those living in the UK’s most disadvantaged areas.

“Sport can be a powerful tool in breaking down barriers and creating social cohesion and this is something that speaks strongly to our commitments at Lycamobile, of connecting people both within the UK and internationally.”

The event is one of a series taking place as part of the ongoing partnership between Lycamobile and Chance to Shine, which was renewed in August 2016 for a second year. With Lycamobile’s support, Chance to Shine has expanded its Street programme, which uses cricket to promote social cohesion among communities affected by anti-social behaviour and youth crime.
To find out more about Street cricket and to get involved go to chancetoshine.org/street.

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Lamborghini opens first dealership with new corporate identity in Bristol

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Lamborghini Bristol has become the first showroom in the world to receive the brand’s new corporate identity.

The dealership opened officially on 22nd September and takes the number of Lamborghini outlets in the UK to eight.

Lamborghini is an adapting brand that has traditionally only made supercars with not too much consideration for practicality. The business is now in the late stages of developing its performance SUV, with which it aims to offer a car for everyday use.

Lamborghini commercial director Federico Foschini, who attended the Bristol branch’s launch event, explained: “We decided a couple of years ago that now was the time to change to create an identity that was easier to involve people in the Lamborghini brand. We’re moving to a purer, more cutting-edge and visionary design.

“This is something we’d like to have in order to involve as many people as possible around Lamborghini. Not only customers, but fans and other people who are interested.

“In terms of model evolution, we’ll have the SUV in 2018. In terms of body type it’s a car that should appeal to a larger customer base, it’s a car that’s not only beautiful but a car for daily use, a car that gives you a lot of emotion but can be used with a family or for a daily job. With this, we really want to enlarge our customer base.”

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The look of Lamborghini’s retail outlets now has a softer and more welcoming appeal. Designers have still included the angular lines, reflected from the cars’ striking design, but moved away from the bright colours of old and used natural materials such as stone and suede.

“Lamborghini itself is very exclusive, but the brand should reach as many people as possible,” Foschini added. “We want to have children and young people inside the showroom, we want them to have fun. It’s about having a brand that’s more inclusive and inviting.”

Lamborghini Bristol, owned by Rybrook Cars, was chosen as the first to receive this new-look, partly because of timing, as one of the latest dealerships to open, but also because of the importance of the UK market to the supercar brand.

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