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England's T20s against West Indies will have cosmopolitan crowds with Surrey giving away over 2,000 tickets to the local community

Surrey have donated over 2,000 tickets for this week’s NatWest International T20s to members of the local community in Lambeth.

The tickets, for the games between England and West Indies on Friday and Sunday, have gone to a mixture of local schools, residents, foundations and community groups.

Among the schools benefiting are Henry Fawcett Primary School – based less than 200m from the ground – and Archbishop Tenison Secondary School, situated so close that a number of balls landed in their playground during the 2009 World Twenty20 courtesy of Australia’s David Warner.

Other schools to get tickets for pupils and staff include St John the Divine, St Anne’s and St Mark’s in Kennington and Christchurch C of E Primary School in Brixton.

More than 1,500 tickets have also been given to local community groups that have been nominated by the Kia Oval stadium monitoring group, a body that constantly examines the ground’s impact on its immediate local community.

Organisations to benefit include the Kennington Association, Street League, the Fulham FC Foundation, the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and groups nominated by Cllr Christina Valcarcel, the Mayor of Lambeth.

Further to the thousands handed out locally, Surrey has also donated 1,500 tickets to members of the cricketing community across the county.

All 82 Clubmark-accredited clubs have been given tickets to distribute as well as key volunteers at Surrey, local authorities and members of the county sports partnerships.

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said: “Winning the rights to stage these games has been a real bonus at the end of a fantastic season for both the club and the ground.

“Our local partners, including residents and schools, all sometimes experience the difficulties of living near a major stadium so it’s great to be able to give back to them in a small way.

“I am also delighted that we are able to express our thanks to the thousands of volunteers that donate so much time and effort to cricket in Surrey and hope they will have a night to remember.”

Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, added: “The Kia Oval is a world famous cricket ground but for thousands of residents in the area it is their local cricket club and the free tickets allocated for these two matches against the West Indies will be greatly enjoyed by young people who may not yet have seen an international match.

“I am delighted that the club is doing this and I am sure it will add to the atmosphere in the ground.”

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