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A real team player! Prince Harry delights young rugby players at Headingley as part of two-day visit of West Yorkshire

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The charming and down to earth HRH Prince Harry proved a huge hit with schoolchildren at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos.

the Sky Try Rugby League Festival in Leeds. 

His royal two-day visit to West Yorkshire saw both the sun and people come out for the Prince in his first engagement in his new role as patron of the Rugby Football League.

At the Sky Try Rugby League Festival - part of a drive to get 700,000 children playing rugby league, eight and nine-year-olds from Leeds primary schools took part in seven-a-side games of touch rugby led by coaches from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. 

Also in attendance were Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield, St Helens great Paul Sculthorpe and the current England captain, Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin.

His Royal Highness was also a guest at the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event hosted by the Leeds Community Foundation at Aspire in the city centre.

He was again mobbed with well-wishers as he attended the event that brought together several mental health projects which have helped young people locally in celebration of their work.

The Prince has spoken candidly about his own mental health battles in recent months and, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, worked to highlight the issue.

In a speech at the event, Harry told the audience: “I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I am that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles.

The 32-year-old reiterated his commitment to encouraging people to speak out and seek help for their mental health problems.

On his second day in the region as he visited a family home of a five-year-old Leeds boy as part of his role as patron of the WellChild charity.

The boy will receive a garden makeover as part of the organisation's Helping Hands programme which will be transform his garden into an active outdoor space suited to his condition and disability.

He then visited Leeds Children's Hospitall meeting WellChild nurse Helen Tooby and a group of children and families who have been her patients.

He finished his time at the Haribo sweet factory in Castleford where he met staff and saw how the products are made.

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Leeds Rhinos Star’s Jimmy Keinhorst and Ashton Golding joined students from Christchurch Primary School at the launch of the Children’s day at Headingley Carnegie

Leeds Rhinos Star’s Jimmy Keinhorst and Ashton Golding joined students from Christchurch Primary School at the launch of the Children’s day at Headingley Carnegie

 

Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Leeds Rhino’s to host Leeds biggest free family festival this July

Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are combining for their annual children’s day which is going to take place on 16th July at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The daylong event which has been held annually since 2008, is set to attract thousands of families from across the region.

The event which will feature a host of child friendly organisations who will be providing activities in what is set to be a fun filled family day out. An event which will feature many guest appearances throughout the day from Leeds Rhinos players.

The child friendly organisations involved in providing activities on the day include Eureka, The Rainbow Factory and The Works Skatepark, with Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos offering children the chance to practice their skills with coaching and skills zones.

The event has many partners with the Garry Chappelow Memorial fund a long-term partner. This year sees the emergence of Nandos as a new associate partner. They are joined by local organisations, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.

This year’s event will also see the return of the popular junior sports tournaments for community teams from the city, these will give the children involved the chance to play on the World famous Headingley Carnegie Cricket ground and rugby pitch.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation will also be showcasing the impact of their Rugby League Development Plan and Sky Try delivery with an under 7’s tournament including a number of newly formed teams in the club ambassador scheme playing matches on the pitch.

The Children’s day event takes which takes place on Sunday 16th July, is free to the public but families attending the event can make a suggested donation of £3 per adult and £1 per child attending on entry, all proceeds will support the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. Gates open at 10.30 am.

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation project officer Nick Robinson commented on the prospect of the event: “Children’s Day is a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy a day out at the world famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium.”

“There’s activities to suit all interests and ages and with this year’s talent show, there is no shortage of entertainment.”

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Emmerdale cast and schoolchildren put autism in the spotlight

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INVOLVED: Sorting the clothes are (L-R) Gillian Kearney, Charley Webb and Caron Munro with Rose Court pupils (L-R): Buster, Karis, Anya and Oli.

INVOLVED: Sorting the clothes are (L-R) Gillian Kearney, Charley Webb and Caron Munro with Rose Court pupils (L-R): Buster, Karis, Anya and Oli.

Stars of television’s Emmerdale and pupils from Rose Court nursery and pre-prep school in Headingley are playing their part in World Autism Awareness Week.

To mark the week, which runs from 27 March to 2 April, both the cast of Emmerdale and children at Rose Court, which is part of The Grammar School at Leeds  (GSAL), are donating clothes to raise funds for Lighthouse School in Leeds, for young people on the autism spectrum.

Their clothing will be sold in the pre-loved section of Keepers Coffee and Kitchen, a social enterprise café and gift shop in Cookridge, run by  Lighthouse Futures Trust which partners with special schools and colleges to offer employment opportunities for young adults with autistic spectrum condition or learning difficulties.

Two of the Emmerdale cast were on hand at Rose Court this week to help pupils get the clothes ready for delivery to the café. Gillian Kearney, whose character is Emma Barton in the long-running soap, was joined by Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle, and whose son is a pupil at Rose Court.

Gillian said: “Everyone at Emmerdale is keen to get on board and donate items to support Lighthouse School in the fantastic work it does for children and the community. Lighthouse is committed to helping with life after school; even although the pupils are well educated with lots to offer employers, doors can often be closed to them.”

Caron Munro, development and programme manager at Lighthouse Futures Trust, said: “In World Autism Awareness Week we want to highlight the potential of our young people. We are grateful to Rose Court pupils and to the cast of Emmerdale for helping us raise both awareness and funds to keep our important work going. The donations have a real impact on our fundraising for the charity”

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39 years of cricket

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DELIGHTED: Hanif Mayet and Abdul Ravat received an engraved bat commemorating a match at Headingley from Mark Arthur

DELIGHTED: Hanif Mayet and Abdul Ravat received an engraved bat commemorating a match at Headingley from Mark Arthur

Sporting elites from English & Wales Cricket Board and Yorkshire County Cricket attend club event

Mount Cricket Club in Batley hosted their annual event, where over 800 attendees got the chance to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in cricket from this region.

On Saturday 14th January Mount Cricket Club celebrated its 39th Annual Presentation Event in the presence of a whole host of leaders from the community and voluntary sector, statutory organisations, public and private businesses and members of the cricket elite too.

John Wright and Mohammed Arif from the English & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Mark Arthur and Richard Pyrah from Yorkshire County Cricket (YCC) graced the evening. Collis King the ex-West Indian cricketer who played in the 1979 Cricket World Cup final against England with a telling contribution - 86 runs off just 66 balls, also attended.

In front of a packed audience at the Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley, the club reminisced about how it had been formed back in 1976 by two friends - Mr Hanif Mayet and late Mr Farid Karolia (who sadly passed away in 2014).

Special messages were read out from Father Eamonn O’Higgins, L.C. Manager and Committee, the Team of St. Peter’s Cricket Club, the Vatican and from Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE.

Mr Colin Graves, Chairman of ECB sent a very special message congratulating the Club as follows: “From their tireless work in the local community to their success on the field, Mount Cricket Club is a shining example of what a community club should be.  

“We believe that cricket truly is a game for all and can bring people together from different walks of like, faiths and cultures. Mount Cricket Club represents that and more. Thank you for everything you do.”

Also in attendance was Maryam Ali who recently received the ‘Inspiration Award’ at the 2016 Asian Cricket Award and the Club’s Women’s Group are looking forward to working with her to develop cricket and coaching for girls and women.

A photographic exhibition ‘From Parks to Pavilions’, illustrated the grass roots beginnings of Asian Cricket in Yorkshire.  

Mr Hanif Mayet, Chairman of Mount Cricket Club, commented: “Mount’s Annual Presentation Evening is a keenly awaited occasion for our supporters, sponsors and stakeholders where we celebrate the achievements made both on and off the pitch.  

“I said that 2015 was a great year, but 2016 has eclipsed this which has been even more memorable.  

“We were honoured to be selected for the special cricket fixtures and inter-faith events to win hearts through the medium of cricket.  

“On behalf of the Club, a very big thank you to everyone for their continued financial support as we are dependent on the generosity of businesses and residents to allow us to support and serve our community”.

Mr Mark Arthur, Chief Executive from Yorkshire Cricket, commented that: “Seeing so many young boys and girls participating in the game of cricket is remarkable, as well as your development programme for girls and those with disabilities. It was wonderful to see Mount celebrate a season of success.”

During the evening the audience were informed of Mount’s application to play its senior cricket in 2017 with the Halifax Cricket League (HCL).  

Mr Anthony Briggs, Chairman of the HCL, thanked the club saying how impressed he was by both the junior and senior players.

Mr Abdul A Ravat, Mount’s Development Officer summarised what the club has achieved and what its future challenges are: “‘Mount has been running community cricket for almost four decades and what a journey it has been,” he said.

“Mount is a unique community asset capable of doing so much and we have lots of plans for 2017 and beyond. So a humble plea for your support, skills, expertise and above all prayers that together we can deliver our objective of improving the playing facilities and pavilion at the Field of Dreams.”

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Reaching fever pitch: LS6 residents in battle with developers over treasured community playing field

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HYDE PARK PROTEST: Kids with banners want to save their playing field on Victoria Road

HYDE PARK PROTEST: Kids with banners want to save their playing field on Victoria Road

Hyde Park and Headingley’s local residents have recently begun a bid to buy a playing field on Victoria Road, which has been in use since 1906.

The aim is to make it a community sports facility. The public are asking for pledges to try to buy the site with a vision of a future sports field and indoor facility, which can be used by local schools, groups, individuals and sports teams.

The site has been the subject of a public inquiry, where developers Yorvale are wishing to build a private gated complex for 262 students, with a small area which will be publicly accessible - a plan that was originally turned down by a Leeds’ plans panel in December 2015.

In a review held between Tuesday 11th and Tuesday 25th October, a planning inspector will decide if this can go ahead.

John Davison, a local sports coach who is one of the lead campaigners against the proposed development, said: “The developers more or less threatened to sue the council if they didn’t make a decision. The council passed permission for social housing.

“There was a gap of 8 months, and a proposal came back saying they wanted to build a student village, which wasn’t what was agreed. That was turned down. Now there’s been a two week public inquiry and the planning inspector is going to decide if it’s going to be a student village. In the meantime, we’ve launched an online petition saying we’re not happy with that.”

The new website has been launched to ask people to pledge money to jointly purchase the site.

So far, over £5,000 has been pledged. Organisers are hoping that this is just the start and will be approaching more groups, businesses and other people to add to the growing fund to secure this facility for people of all ages and for future generations.

The area has long been deficient in public sports facilities, with a corresponding lack of sports teams.

Two of the five local primary schools have no grass facilities. All the schools in the area are inventive with their existing space getting the best use of it for their pupils, and would dearly welcome a community facility to give more opportunities for sport.

The website has received a growing number of pledges and people are posting ideas about what facilities they would like.

Cllr John Illingworth, of Leeds City Council, said: “Intensive public use of the Victoria Road sports facilities would allow at least 1000 local people to achieve five additional Quality Adjusted Life Years.”

Ritamisra100 said on social media: "I have a young son. I simply cannot imagine him growing up with so little outdoor space. Thankfully that is not an issue where I live but it is for many little boys like him in Hyde Park.”

Penny Goodman, local resident has pledged £100 towards this cause. She said: “The Headingley and Hyde Park areas are already extremely densely populated.

“The area is badly deficient in public green space, and because many of the houses locally are back-to-backs they do not have their own garden space either.

“A community-owned playing field and  sports facility would do a huge amount to help compensate for those problems, making everyone here healthier and happier.”

Harriet Vaight, a local resident said: “We live locally and are expecting our first baby soon. We would absolutely love this to be sports facilities for our child(ren) to use in the future. It's really important to maintain green space in neighbourhoods for local community use. There is plenty of student accommodation already available in this area, new flats for students aren't a necessity.”

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Bowling out domestic violence: Cricket history at Headingley

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COMPETITIVE: Despite being unable to play outdoors, the men’s teams were still able to play out some overs in the indoor facilities (pic credit, Tabz Media)

COMPETITIVE: Despite being unable to play outdoors, the men’s teams were still able to play out some overs in the indoor facilities (pic credit, Tabz Media)

History was made at Headingley last Sunday as the UK’s first all Asian women’s cricket team took to the field to ‘bowl out domestic violence’.

Led by female cricket icon Salma Bi, the ‘Asian Inspiration’ side took on the Combined Services women for the White Ribbon Trophy as part of a day of cricket devoted to raising the issue of domestic violence and abuse against women and children.

This historic occasion marks a new chapter in Cricket as the ECB (English Cricket Board) have already set out to develop cricket within South Asian communities.

BIG SUPPORT: Men, women and children teams lined up for the event aiming to raise awareness of domestic violence against women (pic credit, Tabz Media)

BIG SUPPORT: Men, women and children teams lined up for the event aiming to raise awareness of domestic violence against women (pic credit, Tabz Media)

The day was organised by Halima Khan and Ikram Butt, co-founders of Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line, which aims to use sporting initiatives as platform for campaigns that facilitate peace and equality around the globe.

The event was endorsed by the ECB and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, whilst the festival also featured 80 junior players demonstrating ‘quick cricket’ as well as Bollywood dancers, Bhangra drummers and an Army band.  

The Inspirational Women’s team batted out their overs, however the game ended in a tie due to the rain and both teams shared the trophy. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow the men's game to take place, however, they did go into the indoor facilities and played a number of over’s against each other in the spirit of cricket.

HISTORIC: The Asian Inspiration side were led out by cricket icon, Salma Bi

HISTORIC: The Asian Inspiration side were led out by cricket icon, Salma Bi

Chris Green, founder of White Ribbon UK, explained: “There’s substantial evidence showing that when women are empowered, they experience less violence. As a leading organisation in the field of preventing male violence against women, we were delighted to support this event.”

Halima Khan, Director of CBBL commented: “Today marks the start of a new era for cricket empowering women and men from diverse communities to take to the crease and speak out on bowling out domestic violence against women.

“As we move forwards we would like the ECB to support more of these initiatives which aim to inspire communities at grassroots levels and BEM (British ethnic minority) women to play the game and get involved in the game’s administration,” added Halima.

OPPOSITION: The Combined Services sides eventually drew the contest

OPPOSITION: The Combined Services sides eventually drew the contest

West Indies international player Jonathan Carter, Ex- England International Sajid Mahmood, ECB Independent board director, Lord Patel of Bradford, Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West,Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner,  and Dr Hanif Malik OBE, were present to watch the proceedings as well as special guest Jackie Janmohamed, President of Kenya Cricket and the first female to head up an international cricket board.

Ms Janmohamed commented: "It was great to be a part of this innovative initiative campaigning to end violence against women and empowering people to speak up through the medium of cricket.

"I look forward working with CBBL and the combined services to replicate a similar event in Kenya in the future."

Major LM Marr, Head of Engagement  for Yorkshire and the Humber, commented: “’We, the Armed Forces, were delighted to take part in the White Ribbon ‘Bowling out domestic violence event’ as it supported two focus areas that we feel really strongly about. 

MINI SPORTS: As many as 80 children took part in small games of cricket on the day, whilst activities were also on offer (pic credit, Tabz Media)

MINI SPORTS: As many as 80 children took part in small games of cricket on the day, whilst activities were also on offer (pic credit, Tabz Media)

“Firstly the issue of domestic violence which we are as keen as every other area of society to stamp out and secondly the empowerment of women from any religious or ethnic background to be able to play sport, or take part in physical activity of any nature.

“It was a fantastic event and we feel very honoured to have been able to take part in it. The Combined Services Team are very much looking forward to the rematch.”

TEAMING UP: Ikram Butt, Mark Burns-Williamson and Lord Patel of Bradford were in full support of the day (pic credit, Tabz Media)

TEAMING UP: Ikram Butt, Mark Burns-Williamson and Lord Patel of Bradford were in full support of the day (pic credit, Tabz Media)

Former rugby league and union international Ikram Butt, founder of BARA and Sport Campaigns Manager for White Ribbon was pleased to see so much support on the day, despite the rain.

He added: “This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of violence against women and develop women in sporting roles at the same time.

“We aim to make this an annual fixture for both the men and women’s game as well as organize tours and expand opportunities for people from diverse communities to take part in cricket.

“I would like to thank all of those involved in the day. Sponsors, supporters, players and organisers all played their part in getting out this vital message.”

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A grassroots game

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Documenting the love affair of Asian cricket in Yorkshire

A photography exhibition, illustrating the grass roots beginnings of Asian cricket in Yorkshire, has been launched at the Yorkshire Cricket Museum at Headingley to coincide with the Pakistan tour.

The exhibition contains over 30 photographs, taken by cricket enthusiast Mohanlal Mistry, of back-street cricket being played in West Yorkshire in the early 1990s.

It is part of the ‘From Parks to Pavilions’ project which is documenting the history of Asian cricket in Yorkshire.

FPTP-03b (280x450)The project was developed by the AYA Foundation, with support of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, the England and Wales Cricket Boards (ECB), and Bradford Local Studies Libraries, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Mobeen Butt, the curator of the exhibition and Project Lead of the ‘From Parks to Pavilions’ project said: “The photographs perfectly capture how young Asians played cricket in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

“They didn’t play on cricket grounds, in practice nets or even in parks - they played wherever they could, and that meant playing in alleyways, car parks and waste grounds.

“They played with milk crates, traffic cones and crisp boxes for wickets and would carve out a bat from pieces of broken floor board or fence”.

Maria Hussain is one of the young people who has been helping with the project.

Growing up watching her father play cricket from before she ‘can even remember’, she said the images help to document the change in the relationship between the sport and the Asian community.

“My dad plays cricket... he plays for a club,” she said.

“The ground he plays on is really nice and green, and well kept. These young people in the photos played in very dirty and sometimes dangerous conditions. They played in the streets”.

She continued: “This exhibition is only a small part of our project. We’ve been to visit archives and museums. We’ve been to Lords, and we’ve been taught how to conduct oral history interviews and been on photography workshops.

“We will be producing a radio and video documentary and putting everything on YouTube for everyone to see.”

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: The exhibition was officially opened by Yorkshire CCC CEO, Mark Arthur, and Bradford’s Lord Patel

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: The exhibition was officially opened by Yorkshire CCC CEO, Mark Arthur, and Bradford’s Lord Patel

Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Lord Patel of Bradford, Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were at the launch of the exhibition last weekend.

Speaking of the project, Mr Arthur said: “With the Quaid-e Azam League continuing to go from strength to strength, and players such as Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq both playing in the First XI, Asian cricket has and will continue to play a major part in the rich history and heritage of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

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“An exhibition celebrating the history of Asian cricket in Yorkshire is long overdue and we were delighted to help launch it here at Headingley Cricket Ground.

“There is a real appetite for cricket in local Asian communities, as was demonstrated at the Fourth One-Day International when Pakistan supporters came in their droves and created such a vibrant atmosphere.”

Lord Patel added: “We often hear people say that for Asians cricket is a religion, and playing the game is in our blood – an inherent part of who we are.  I believe that this exhibition captures that sentiment perfectly.

“For me personally, it brought back many memories of my childhood experiences of playing this great game – it is so important that we do not forget this rich history, learn from it, understand it, build on it and all move forward – not just in Yorkshire but around the country.”

The exhibition is planning to tour numerous indoor as well as outdoor venues around West Yorkshire.

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Having faith in sport: Cricket and religion go hand-in-hand at Headingley

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CUTTING THE CAKE: Baroness Scotland of Asthal cuts the cake at the opening of the room

CUTTING THE CAKE: Baroness Scotland of Asthal cuts the cake at the opening of the room

Some people say sport is religion and religion is sport.

The latest addition to Headingley Cricket Ground certainly reinforces this idea, as Yorkshire opened their first multi-faith room this past week.

The area will be available for visitors to use with immediate effect and builds further on the club’s commitment to work with all communities.

At the official opening on Friday 26th August, dignitaries gathered for a ribbon cutting event and to cut a celebratory cake.

Qari Asim, Imam of the Makkah Masjid, was one of those in attendance on the day and praised the ‘inclusivity’ that the room promotes.

“It’s an honour to be sharing these few moments with everyone here today,” he said. “I’ve been on a journey with Yorkshire County Cricket Club for quite some time and talks have been held about launching this multi-faith room.

“Having this space here today, in this iconic stadium, symbolises the relationship that exists between faith and sports. Yorkshire has really shown its commitment to honour inclusivity and diversity in this area and they should be commended on this fantastic work.”

OPEN: Dignitaries gathered for the launch of the multifaith room at Headingley Cricket Stadium this past week

OPEN: Dignitaries gathered for the launch of the multifaith room at Headingley Cricket Stadium this past week

The multifaith room will provide a quiet space for prayer or reflection and is open to people of all and no faith.

It is sponsored by Regal Bakery and was launched with the support of the White Ribbon Campaign – which works to end violence against women.

Mohammed Younis, from Regal, said: “As soon as I was contacted regarding this initiative I was eager to get involved.

“We, as a business, believe that we need to be giving something back to all the communities that we serve and this room does just that.”

Baroness Scotland of Asthal, who was amongst the guest speakers, said the room represented a strengthening of the relationship between sports and religion.

As a leading international advocate for the end to violence against women, she added her thanks to the White Ribbon campaign.

Meanwhile, Hanif Malik, who became the first Asian person to sit on the board at Yorkshire earlier this year, added: “Since taking up this position, people have been asking me ‘why have you done it?’

IN SUPPORT: Mohammed Younis and Faisal Ali, of Regal Bakery, celebrate opening the room with White Ribbon Sports Ambassador, Ikram Butt (centre)

IN SUPPORT: Mohammed Younis and Faisal Ali, of Regal Bakery, celebrate opening the room with White Ribbon Sports Ambassador, Ikram Butt (centre)

“I have done it because I share this club’s vision in terms of not only trying to make Yorkshire the greatest county cricket club in the country, but also a club which is a lot more reflective of the wonderful vibrant and diverse communities we have here in Yorkshire.”

Yorkshire County Cricket Club worked with several faith organisations and communities to setup the multifaith room.

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Bowling out domestic violence

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CRICKETING TRIO: (L-R) Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket, Halima Khan, director of CBBL and Ikram Butt, White Ribbon ambassador at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

CRICKETING TRIO: (L-R) Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket, Halima Khan, director of CBBL and Ikram Butt, White Ribbon ambassador at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

White Ribbon Campaign takes to the crease at Headingley

Cricket stars from both the men’s and women’s games - as well as celebrities, sport stars and politicians - will be aiming to 'Bowl Out Domestic Violence' when they take to the field at Headingley on Sunday 4th September.

Organised by Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line (CBBL) in support of the White Ribbon Campaign - set up to tackle domestic violence against women and children - the event will consist of two T20 matches.

Halima Khan, a director of CBBL said: “Cricket is a powerful tool for engagement in bringing people from different backgrounds together, whilst raising awareness of the White Ribbon campaign.

“For me personally, I am extremely proud to be showcasing the diverse range of women who play cricket from a grassroots level and especially those from the South Asian community. The event is set to be a fantastic day for everyone to get involved and show their support”

Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket commented saying: “Yorkshire County Cricket club is delighted to support the White Ribbon Campaign and all at Headingley are very much looking forward to hosting the day’s events.

“As a Club, we pride ourselves on supporting worthwhile initiatives such as this one, especially when the campaign chimes so well with cricket’s culture of respect. We sincerely hope the event proves successful in raising awareness of domestic violence.”

The Combined Services representative Major Lisa Marr, who is Head of Engagement, said: “The Armed forces are delighted to take part in the women’s cricket march at the iconic Headingley stadium. As an equal opportunities employer we are fully supportive of any initiatives to get more females involved in any sport regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or background”.

Each of the teams will be playing for the 2016 Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line White Ribbon Trophy. The women’s games will be captained by Salma Bi, who is the first British Asian and Muslim woman in history to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, whilst the men’s Parliamentary select XI  will be led by Lord Patel of Bradford, who is also a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as an independent member.

ALL-ROUNDERS: Mark Arthur and Ikram Butt look forward to taking to the field on 4th September

ALL-ROUNDERS: Mark Arthur and Ikram Butt look forward to taking to the field on 4th September

One of those taking part in the parliamentary game, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, commented: “I’m delighted to be supporting the White Ribbon Cricket ‘Beyond the Boundary Line’ event and want everyone to get behind this amazing charity.

“It is important that we celebrate and inspire others to follow suit and I congratulate the organisers for arranging what promises to be a fantastic event,” added Greg, who is an official White Ribbon Campaign ambassador along with current Yorkshire and England cricketer Adil Rashid and Rugby League legend Garry Schofield OBE.

Ikram Butt, sports campaigner and White Ribbon ambassador commented: “Sport has a tremendous influence over men's and youth culture.  Young men and women play sport, watch sport, and participate in sports culture socially.

“Sport provides an avenue for promoting safe and respectful behaviours amongst men and young people.  We are delighted and very grateful to be provided with this wonderful opportunity by Mark Arthur and to Bowl Out Domestic Violence in all its shapes and forms.”

The White Ribbon XI team are delighted that the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) have accepted their invitation to lead the team.

Founder of the NACC Gulfraz Riaz commented: “The NACC are delighted to be supporting this hugely important event and we looking forward to taking on the Parliamentary Select XI on the Headingley pitch. The NACC team which will be captained by Kabir Ali, former England and Lancashire player.

“We are keen to bring together the cricketing family, as we all get behind CBBL and the White Ribbons 'Bowling out Domestic Violence'  campaign. I urge all the communities to come and support the day".

There will be a festival style atmosphere at Headingley on the day, including a climbing wall, bouncy castle , the Army Band and  even Bhangra drummers - showcasing the diversity Yorkshire has to offer.

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “It’s great to see cricket at the heart of this initiative and have so many different cricketing communities involved. Our sport has a proud tradition of fair play and showing respect for the opposition – values which we believe fit perfectly with this campaign and are easily translated into everyday life. Our congratulations to CBBL on organising the event and best wishes to all the teams involved.”

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Rashid’s renewal: New contract at Yorkshire for bowling ace

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HOME OF CHAMPIONS: Yorkshire have recorded back-to-back County Championship titles over the past two seasons

HOME OF CHAMPIONS: Yorkshire have recorded back-to-back County Championship titles over the past two seasons

Yorkshire leg spinner Adil Rashid has put pen to paper on a new three-year-contract at the reigning County champions, keeping him at Headingley until the end of 2019.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2015 - at both national and club level, making his international test debut in Abu Dhabi and picking up a league medal with Yorkshire.

He has represented the country in all three formats of the game over the past 12 months, which included a memorable five wicket haul against Pakistan.

BOWLED OVER: Adil Rashid says he is delighted to have penned a new three year deal with his home county

BOWLED OVER: Adil Rashid says he is delighted to have penned a new three year deal with his home county

Speaking of his new contract, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon, said it was a sign of real intent for the club.

“I’m thrilled that Adil has signed a contract extension,” he said.

“Adil is a special player across all three forms of the game and has had a memorable year in 2015, both in England and overseas.

“He has been a very important player for Yorkshire and has played a crucial part in our recent success.

“We look forward to seeing Adil continue to perform for Yorkshire and on the world stage.”

In county cricket, Bradfordian Rashid has proved time and time again that he can be a match-winner with both bat and ball.

Although he has long shown potential, his real breakthrough year came in 2013, when he sailed beyond 300 wickets and 4,000 runs in first-class cricket.

The following year he starred for Yorkshire in their first of back-to-back championship titles, before being rewarded for his fine form with England honours under new coach Trevor Bayliss in 2015.

Rounding off 2015 in style, Rashid finished as top wicket-taker in the renowned Big Bash whilst playing for the Adelaide Strikers.

Speaking after signing his new deal with Yorkshire, he said he was thrilled to be committing his future to his hometown club.

“I’m delighted to sign a contract extension with Yorkshire,” he said. “The last year has been great for me after winning the Championship, playing across all three formats for England and experiencing the Big Bash at Adelaide Strikers.

“I love representing my home county and I hope to win more silverware with Yorkshire in the years to come.”

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Popular restaurant and takeaway FOR SALE in the heart of Headingley

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A rare opportunity to takeover a popular Leeds restaurant and takeaway has opened up as the award winning Tariq’s is put up for sale.

The well-known eatery, which has built up a glowing reputation over the past 35 years, has been placed on the market as the owner looks to retire.

 

A perfect opportunity for a would-be business owner, the property is located just 500m away from the Headingley Rugby and Cricket grounds, and a stone’s throw from the area’s most popular pubs – Skyrack and Original Oak.

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Established since 1980, Tariq’s is positioned in the heart of Headingley with students and businesspeople amongst the many visitors to the restaurant and takeaway facilities.

 

Available fully furnished with modern restaurant interior and fully-fitted stainless steel kitchen facilities, the business can be purchased today and run immediately.

Alternatively, the space, which currently seats up to 66 people, can be refurbished for new business opportunities in a prime location.

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Public transport is also available just metres away from the door whilst ample street parking provides diners with an easy walk to the establishment.

For all enquiries regarding the property, please contact owner Mr Shafiq on 07715 102 473.

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Address:

10A, 14 & 16 St Michael's Rd,

Leeds

LS6 3AW

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