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Alex Tudor launches Southwark youth cricket scheme at the Elephant

England fast bowler Alex Tudor was at the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre on on Wednesday to launch the biggest and most ambitious youth cricketing programme in the country

The Southwark After School Cricket Project (SASCP) is an innovative venture by the Southwark Cricket Partnership (SCP). The borough wide cricket training project is open to boys and girls aged 10 to 14 years and will take place at various venues across the borough during term time. SASCP's SE1 venue is the Elephant & Castle Leisure Centre, with five other locations around the borough.

Nigel Robinson, Senior Development Officer for Southwark Council's Sport & Parks, said: "This ambitious project aims to bring together over 2,000 boys and girls in the borough, regardless of their background or cricketing ability, in partnership with organisations like Surrey County Cricket Club and the Oval Cricket Ground."

SASCP is funded by the National Lottery programme Awards for All, and will be run by cricket coaching specialist JB Sports Management. As well as delivering extra-curricular cricket to thousands of school children, it will also be a springboard for local cricketing talent.

Cllr Richard Thomas, Executive Member for Environment, Transport and Sport, said: "According to a recent Southwark Council opinion survey, a top priority for residents is to see an increase in positive projects for young people to get involved in. This exciting new cricket coaching scheme will help to meet this need and could produce the next generation of great British cricket stars. So watch out Australia!"

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