Blind stars promote game

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England’s blind cricket team takes on London office workers for a one-day event with a difference.

They face a stern summer series of four one-day internationals against India from August 7-15.

As a warm-up for the series, on Friday between 12-2pm the England blind cricket team will take on office workers from West London office park Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, and Londoners are also invited to come down and take part in the action.

Players, coaching and support staff from the England blind squad will attend a fun and interactive day and demonstrate blind cricket with office workers and the community ahead of the start of their international programme.

England and Middlesex superstar Owais Shah will also be at the park to sign autographs and give coaching tips throughout the lunch session.

This is part of a series of events organised as part of Chiswick Park’s Enjoy-Work programme, which aims to help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. The activities have been designed to help instil community spirit on the park, team build and give people chance to try new skills.

The captain of the England blind cricket team Matt Dean, and players Joel Robinson, Mark Bond and Luke Sugg, who were involved in the historic 3-0 Ashes victory in Australia in December 2008, will be among those taking part and will be on hand to help guests learn about the sport and practise their technique by wearing glasses and blindfolds, and trying to hit a ‘noisy’ ball as it is bowled down the Plaza. Additionally, the blind cricket Ashes trophy also will be on proud display.

Middlesex CCC will offer the opportunity to be coached by top-level ECB & MCCC coaches, and the chance to enter a throwing accuracy competition. Flicx, the manufacturers of a wide range of cricketing equipment, will offer a unique catching challenge and win a range of prizes.

Dave Townley, chairman of england blind cricket, stated: “We are delighted to have been invited by Breathingspace and Chiswick Park to run a demonstration of blind cricket.

“We are very grateful for their support and hope to build stronger relations with the companies at the Park going forward. It's a great start to our summer season.”

Helena Shelley, events manager at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, said: “Blind cricket provides guests at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work the perfect opportunity to learn acquire new skills in teamwork, a quality they can transfer in the workplace.

“Each week we provide activities and learning opportunities for some 5,000 office workers, in an attempt to create a pleasant, productive and sociable environment within the workplace.”

For further details on this event or to confirm attendance and arrange interviews and filming or photography on the day, please contact:

Claudia Robinson - 0207 269 9361 or 07870 208833; claudia.robinson@fd.com.

Richard Best at Breathingspace - 08453 880037; rgb@breathingspace.uk.com.