The 12th China (Guangzhou) International Billiards Exhibition (GBE2018)

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ASIA No.1 BILLIARDS EXHIBITION

Exhibition Scope

Billiards Products: Billiards Tables, Cues, Billiards Slate, Billiards Cloth, Balls, Cue Cases, Chalk, Gloves, Billiards Lights, Billiards prokets, Cue Tips, Scoreboard, Tripod, Accessories, hardware fittings for billiard table, ect.

Others: Darts, Darts Board, Shuffleboard, Games and Amusement products, ect.

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Target Visitor

Agents, distributors, dealers, importer, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers at home and abroad, etc.

Large billiards clubs, recreation centers, fitness clubs, etc.

Persons in charge of upscale clubs, starred hotels, hotel purchasing, investment management companies, etc.

Government departments, schools, trade organizations, associations, media, enthusiasts, etc.

Date: April 3rd-5th,2018
Venue: Guangzhou Pazhou · China Import and Export Fair Complex
Add: No.380, Mid of Yuejiang Road, Haizhu Distract, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Website: http://www.gbechina.com//index_en.html

Review of GBE 2017

Exhibition Floor: 9000 sq.m
Visitors: 12,000 person-times (85% were professional buyers;15% were relevant field buyers;65% placed orders on site;73% were from upper or middle management)
Exhibitors:103

Why GBE2018

Asia No.1 Billiards Exhibition: As the largest exhibition for Billiards in Asia, GBE owns numerous loyal visitors worldwide and over 100 professional media partners helping us promote the show globally. It is estimated that visitors of more than 15,000 person-times from over 100 countries and regions will set foot in the exhibition hall.

Exhibitors’ new products yielding good response: Exhibitors’ latest products did not only captivate visitors with their novelty but also utility. After offering free trial of their latest products to on-site buyers, professional players and billiards enthusiasts, most our exhibitors enthused that they had receive many positive feedback and response from visitors, as well as hundreds of inquiries from potentials clients. Again, GBE proved itself to be a wonderful platform for new product release.

Satisfied exhibitors raved about the show
82% rated the show better than the last edition
87% made valuable new contacts
91% thought GBE 2017 worth attending

Here are some of the good news shared by our exhibitors on site.

− Cyclop: we sold over 3000 sets of billiards balls to distributors from Beijing, Korea, etc, in just two days!
− Super Power: we received dozens of orders from oversea buyers on site, successfully expanding our international market!
− Guangdong Denglong Guangdian: we reached a sponsorship agreement with International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF), becoming the table lights supplier of all IBSF billiards events!

It is the best platform to expand your business horizon, branding your products, make your company’s presence felt in the industry, spread awareness about your products, meet top clients in the industry, generate new business and so on.

If you want to be an exhibitor to show your newest products, do not hesitate to join us! Pls contact Ms.Amy Lai at gbeexpo@yeah.net to get the best price and preferable booth.

If you are interested to be a visitor, pls contact Ms.Amy Lai to receive your free E-ticket for the 3-day show.

Is Cricket a sport?

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CRICKET IS STILL SEEN AS A MAN’S GAME, SURVEY FINDS

London – Cricket is still seen by the British public as a predominantly male sport, new research from Plan International UK has found, with just 36 per cent believing it is equally suitable for both genders.

The game compares poorly with other major sports, including football, which 41 per cent believe to be gender equal and tennis which, with 87 per cent seeing it as equally suitable, is the UK’s most gender neutral sport.

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The survey, in which 2003 adults were polled by Opinium ahead of Wimbledon, asked the public whether they thought a selection of sports were suitable for both men and women. Tennis ranked significantly higher than any other sport mentioned, with cricket, rugby and netball showing the greatest disparities.

Of those polled, just two per cent felt cricket was more suitable for women, while 62 per cent thought it was more suitable for men.

Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s chief executive, said “Whilst it is refreshing to hear that the vast majority of the British public understands that, regardless of gender, tennis is a game for everyone, these findings also highlight the assumptions and stigmas around women and sport which still persist, even in 2017.

“We know that these stereotypes drive significantly lower sports participation amongst girls than their male counterparts”.

“As a nation we must continue to counter these assumptions, to continue to raise the profile of women in sport and to champion female athletes of all ages and backgrounds. We know that sport can in fact be a hugely powerful tool for promoting positive body image, confidence and better relationships between boys and girls”.

In terms of other major sports, the polling also found that:

· Just a quarter (26 per cent) of the British public believe rugby is equally suitable for men and women

· 28 per cent of the British public believe netball is suitable for both men and women

· 41 per cent of the British public believe football is suitable for both men and women

· 51 per cent of the British public believe dance is equally suitable for men and women, with just 2 per cent who consider it more suitable for men.

Plan International UK uses sport in its projects around the world to promote gender equality and better relationships between boys and girls. Its Champions of Change projects, for example, harnesses the power and popularity of football to teach children about respect, tolerance in countries where gangs, guns and domestic violence diminish the life chances of girls and boys as they grow up.

Confederations Cup – discover Sochi

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CONFEDERATIONS CUP SPECIAL HOST STAN COLLYMORE HELPS FANS DISCOVER SOCHI BEFORE SEMI-FINAL

MOSCOW, 28 JUNE – RT Confederations Cup Special Host Stan Collymore joins RT presenter Neil Harvey for an in-depth look at how the home of the 2014 Olympic games has transformed in preparation for the Confederations Cup while enjoying some fun on the Formula 1 race track.

International ex-football star and award-winning broadcaster Stan Collymore and RT presenter Neil Harvey begin their tour of Sochi at Fisht Stadium, originally built for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Collymore and Harvey inspect the newly installed pitch to see whether or not the renovated stadium is ready for its new life as a host for the Confederations Cup games—and the 2018 World Cup.

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Collymore and Harvey also show off Sochi’s diversity, starting at the beach and then trekking all the way up to the top of Rosa Peak. Within the span of two hours, fans and visitors of Sochi can move from the sand to the snow.

For a little fun off the field, Collymore and Harvey head to the Sochi autodrom, the home of the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix, where Collymore decides to test his football skills against the speed and accuracy of a Russian racecar. To find out the winner, check out the video here.

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The next Confederations Cup match takes place on the 29 of June at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium at 21:00 where Germany will face off against Mexico in the semifinal round of the competition. Harvey and Collymore will continue to provide an exclusive look and behind-the-scenes coverage of the competition.

For up-to-date coverage and videos, visit: https://www.rt.com/fifa2018/

Confederations Cup – in St. Petersburg

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RT AND STAN COLLYMORE ON THE STREETS OF THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP IN ST. PETERSBURG

MOSCOW, 21 JUNE – RT’s Neil Harvey and Confederations Cup host Stan Collymore took audiences backstage and on the streets of St. Petersburg to preview what’s to come for the host city during the competition.

The Confederations Cup kicked off on Saturday, June 17 in St. Petersburg, and RT’s Confederations Cup host Stan Collymore was there to bring audiences the best moments off the field.

Stan Collymore and RT host Neil Harvey took to the streets surrounding Palace Square where the world of sports and culture collided. Harvey and Collymore joined Vasily Gerello, lead baritone at the Mariinsky Theatre, in a singing session before giving him a chance to freestyle.

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Harvey and Collymore also gave viewers a backstage pass to the newly built St. Petersburg’s stadium. Collymore explained the ins and outs of a “smaller version of Wembley” before commemorating the moment with a stadium selfie.

In order to get to know the people of the city better, Harvey and Collymore met up with a group of local Russian football fans in a St. Petersburg pub. The fans toasted to their visitors, the upcoming matches, and a game that, for them, “is religion.”

The Confederations Cup has only just begun, and Collymore will continue to provide an exclusive look and behind-the-scenes view of the competition and Russia’s host cities. The next match will take place between Portugal and New Zealand on Saturday, June 24 in St. Petersburg at 18:00 Moscow time.

Confed Cup: If you come to Palace Square in St. Pete, be sure to bring ball & start freestyling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iY3xptfBhQ&feature=youtu.be

‘Smaller version of Wembley’: Behind the scenes at St. Petersburg Stadium hosting Confed Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EgeqD3prFo&feature=youtu.be

‘Football is religion’: Fans talk racism, hooliganism & their passion for game at St. Pete pub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmE1uVkVFJ8&feature=youtu.be

The Confederations Cup – kicks off

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RT KICKS OFF CONFEDERATIONS CUP COVERAGE WITH STAN COLLYMORE

MOSCOW, 16 JUNE – Before the Confederations Cup kicks off tomorrow, catch up with RT’s host Stan Collymore, international ex-football star, as he gets into the Russian spirit. Throughout the run of the Confederations Cup, Stan Collymore will be RT’s host on the ground, providing an inside look at the matches, players, and host cities.Confed Cup

International ex-football star and award-winning broadcast journalist Stan Collymore is ready to share Russian culture with RT audiences throughout the 2017 Confederations Cup. To prove it, Collymore joined RT Host Neil Harvey and Russian football star Aleksandr Mostovoy in a playful rendition of the Russian folk song “Kalinka.” Collymore had arrived in St. Petersburg to celebrate the opening of the city’s stadium and watch a special “Match of Legends” football game between FIFA legends and Russian national team players. After the game, Collymore chatted with Marcel Desailly, French World Cup and European Cup champion, about the warm welcome they’ve received in St. Petersburg and why the Confederations Cup is so important for 2018’s World Cup.

The Confederations Cup starts tomorrow, 17 June at 18:00 Moscow time at the Saint Petersburg stadium. Kicking off the tournament will be a match between Russia and New Zealand. Throughout the 2017 Confederations Cup, Collymore will be RT’s special host and expert, providing exclusive access for RT audiences with behind the scenes footage of the tournament and interviews with top players and key figures. Tune into RT to travel with Collymore around Russia, from Moscow to St. Petersburg to Kazan to Sochi and experience every key moment of the tournament—from the serious to the silly, both on and off the field.

For a preview of RT’s Confederations Cup coverage with Stan Collymore, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2npY82xcRtU&feature=youtu.be

For more on RT’s Confederations Cup coverage, as well as news and results, visit here: https://www.rt.com/fifa2018/

Attendees Hail the Success of GBE 2017

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This March in Guangzhou, the 11th China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition (GBE 2017) again honored its promise to deliver a world-class event to the billiards industry.

With a show floor of 9,000 square meters, GBE 2017 saw an extraordinary visitor turnout of 12,000 person-times with an exhibitor turnout of 103 renowned brands, including Rasson, Shender, Predator Group, Strachan 6811, Simonis, Aramith, McDermott Cue, Laili, Rising Dragon, Jianying Billiards, Xingjue Billiards, Riley, Wiraka, Les-Sports, CYCLOP Pool Balls, Ball Teck Korea, Cosmos Billiards, Leqi Shukang Textile, Sunray, B.L.P., SZX, Xingbaom, etc. What’s more, this year Magnum from USA and Lucifer Cue from Thailand have finally made their first debut at GBE as our exhibitors.

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During the 4-day exhibition, thousands of deals were closed on site. For example, with a promotion strategy of free shipping, Cyclop sold over 3000 sets of billiards balls to distributors from Beijing, Korea, etc, in just two days. TOP Billiard Studio managed to renew its agency contract with McDermott Cue and later bulk purchased as usual from the Chinese agents of Mezz, Kamui, Zan, and G2. Guangdong Denglong Guangdian reached a sponsorship agreement with International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF), becoming the table lights supplier of all IBSF billiards events.

Among the regular exhibits like billiards tables, billiards board (stone), billiards cloth, billiards pole bags, billiards baskets, billiards balls, cues, chalk, lighting, tripod, special gloves, accessories, etc, out stood a wide range of forward-thinking new billiards products. For instance, Leshi presented to us the first smart billiards cue in China, which was designed to be used with their VR technology platform, enabling you to play virtual billiards whenever and wherever you wanted. Predator Cues’s groundbreaking billiards shaft REVO, made from carbon fiber composite, was highly waterproof and durable. Specially made to cope with outdoor environment, the latest billiards tables from Biaoli was made of waterproof materials from top to bottom.

On March 9, domestic and oversea esteemed speakers delivered splendid speeches at 2017 World Billiards Development Forum. They shared the operation experience and prospects from several aspects with the aims of deepening the interaction and integration of billiards industry, enhancing the development of billiards ecological circle. A large audience gathered to exchange ideas and seek cooperation opportunities at the Forum, including famous international and nationwide associations, enterprise managers and billiards manufacturers, leaders of governments, industry elites, professional billiards media, etc. All 200 chairs for the audience were occupied and dozens of people stood on the aisles on both sides, craning their necks to get a closer look of the stage.

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During the exhibition, a batch of top notch billiards players were invited to demonstrate their dazzling billiards skills, winning the admiration of numerous billiards enthusiasts and almost turning the trade show into a fan meeting. Star billiards players on site included the billiards genius Mr. Florian Khloer, Mr. Chen Qiang(Champion of CBSA Pool International Open), Mr. Zheng Yuxuan, Mr. Zhang Shuchun, Miss Kelly Fisher(Winner of Ladies World Snooker Championship), Miss He Xinru, Mr. Fan Zhisong, and so forth.

GBE 2017-2Billiards and darts are two closely related sports, and that was why the GBE Committee though a darts competition would be a complement to a good billiards trade show. This year, in cooperation with International Darts Association (IDA), the GBE Committee took up the organization of IDA International Darts Championships & 2017 Sipuls·Grandeur Cup Aida Darts Tour (Guangzhou). This competition in total attracted near 100 professional and amateur contestants and the winner of this competition got an 8000 RMB prize money.

 

Get Ready for GBE 2018! Hot on the heels of GBE 2017’s successful conclusion, the date and venue of the next edition are set. If you don’t want to miss this excellent trade show, please mark it on your calendar now!
The 12th China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition
(GBE 2018)
Date: April 3rd-5th, 2018
Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex
Website: http://www.gbechina.com/index_en.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gbechina

Putting grassroots sport in the spotlight

pitcheroPitchero is a tool that works at the heart of a sporting club/team as a management system. It works to help teams to communicate with players and helps to keep everyone up to date with the club’s latest news, fixtures and results. Additionally, it acts as a payment system that collects and tracks payments on the central control panel.

Working on both a website system and mobile app, Pitchero is designed to involve every member of the club, from managers and coaches, to fans and players.

“Play” is the new product from Pitchero that helps teams to capture, edit and share match highlights in real time. This has its focus around grass-root sports clubs to allow them to create more of a professional feel, but it can be adapted and used at all levels.

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When subscribing to Pitchero “Play”, clubs will receive a smart phone with 10x optical zoom for recording video, a tripod, portable battery pack and use of the customised Pitchero “Play” app. Recording in-game – the user has the ability to tag a specific highlight to a player, and the app automatically captures the 20 seconds before and after – to create neat highlight clip. With time always at a premium, this puts an end to painful editing post match!

Additionally, these clips could even be uploaded live during the match, so it’s a great way for clubs to grow their community and keep supporters interested. This exclusive content is not only a valuable reference point for clubs, but also creates a compelling reason for your supporters to keep coming back to your channels.

The Pitchero “Play” kit is extremely easy to use, and has been designed in a way to make it straightforward as possible for anyone to use during a match. This means that even if a club is short of staff for any reason, after a 5-minute play around anyone could step in a still produce high quality footage and highlights.

Pitchero Play is everything you need to allow you to record a match, create highlights and share everything online instantly. Play. Replay. Relive. Redefine. Take a look at thid link of how it can be used in Rugby as an example or the website https://www.pitchero.com/play for more videos and clips.

10th China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition

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Another year, another resounding success. GBE has firmly established itself as the authoritative show for the billiard/snooker products and sport equipment industry in the region. This year’s show attracted over 6,099 visitors from as many as 60 different countries. Held over three days in Guangzhou, the show gave exhibitors an unmatched platform to showcase their products and technology, foray into Asia market and target new, high-value customers.

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Exhibitor Overview
In Hall 8.1 at the China Import & Export Complex, 117 exhibitors from 13 countries presented the newest billiard products, services and technologies. With a net exhibition area of over 10,000 square gbe-billiardsmetres, you must find most of loyals exhibitors like Yalin, Rasson, Shender, Leo, Fury Cues, Simonis, Aramith,Longoni Cues, Strachan 6811), Ball Teck Korea, CYCLOP Pool Balls, McDermott, Mezz Cues, Master cue, Riley, K.F cue, Gorina and so on. And you may be surprised to be attracted by Omin’s booth, a new exhibitor with a huge booth,135 sqm, by its popoular hot and its excellent products.

Setting aside all the usual billiard equipment displayed on GBE2016 site, you should have found something new and novel. Snookball(Kicking billiards), for instance, attracted many eyeballs of the visitors and lit up the gathering because of its newness and distinctiveness.

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GBE2016 Highlights
GBE attracted many billiard players and big names in this industry to participate. The appearance of those renowned stars such as Florian Kohler, Kelly Fisher, Gareth.David.Potts and so on. Their fabulous performances added much beauty to the show.

Organized by the Organizing Committee of GBE, 2016 World Billiards Night & GBE 10th Anniversary Dinner was held at Imperial Trader Hotel Guangzhou at the evening of March 10, 2016. Representatives from home and abroad delivered speeches including Wang Zhaoyun, chairman of Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group; Mr. Liu Chunsheng, deputy secretary general of General Administration of Sport of China, CBSA & director of The 3rd Ministry of Multi-ball Games Administrative Centre; Mr. Mohamed Salem Al-Nuaimi, president of W9BC & secretary general of QBSF; Mr. Mubarak Al Khayarin, president of ACBS;Mr. Luo Sui, Honorary President & Teaching General of APBA; Mr. Wangbin, sales director of Beijing Xingwei Sports Goods Co., Ltd.; Mr. Ding Shoulin, general manager of Jinan Yalin Billiard Goods Co., Ltd.

Activities and shows such as Award Ceremony were concurrently held with the dinner. Moreover, professionals in billiards industry at home and abroad all gathered together with the hope that communication and cooperation will be further enhanced so as to promote the development of billiards industry.

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How about GBE2017?
We and the entire industry will get together at the same venue during March 9-11,2017. GBE2017 is to be eye-catching show based on the successful this year. Please  mark your calendars.

Big news that CYCLOP Pool Balls has booked 6 booths for GBE2017, two more ones than GBE2016’s! Xingjue, Jianda, Stranchan 6811, K.F Cues, Junyao, Meilin, Leo, Simonis, Aramith and more loyal exhibitors expressed that they would attend GBE2017.

O2 Touch hits target with 17,500 registered players

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England Rugby announced in July that its O2 Touch programme has successfully reached and surpassed its target of introducing 15,000 registered players to the game by summer 2017. Tracking one year ahead of its intended deadline there are now 17,500 registered O2 Touch players, playing touch rugby on a regular basis across England.

O2 Touch has seen unprecedented growth since Rugby World Cup 2015 with an increase of 5,774 players and 51 new O2 Touch centres established, bringing the total number of centres to 321 nationwide. Since its inception in 2013 the programme has also grown a volunteer base of over 1,000 O2 Touch ambassadors and operators to help run and deliver the programme.

As part of the RFU’s commitment to broadening rugby’s reach and sustaining legacy post the Rugby World Cup for the game, O2 Touch has played an important role in attracting new people to the sport. O2 Touch is a social format of rugby, aiming to breakdown common barriers to participation, by creating an offering that is easily accessible, is played by men and women of all levels and gives participants a great playing experience.

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Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director today said: “O2 Touch is one of England Rugby’s key legacy programmes and we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone, hitting our participation targets a year ahead of schedule. The programme has gone from strength-to-strength and the Rugby World Cup has had a positive impact on its growth rate. Through an innovative approach O2 Touch has been able to attract and retain a new playing audience and deliver a lasting legacy for the game.”

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2 comments “O2 Touch is a fantastic success story and we’re proud the programme has reached such an impressive milestone so far ahead of schedule. Touch rugby is open to all no matter your ability and it provides a great introduction to the sport. We look forward to continuing our work with all the volunteers, local clubs and the RFU to develop O2 Touch even further.”

Jennie Price, CEO Sport England today said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to see the RFU broadening their reach beyond their traditional rugby market. To have exceeded the target a year in advance is a testament to the success of the O2 Touch format and the commitment from all involved.”

O2 Touch is a unique offering giving participants a great playing experience and workout. One of the first team sports to combine music and fitness, touch sessions are played to bespoke O2 Touch music mixes designed to motivate and increase enjoyment. O2 Touch also delivers a social fitness aspect with participants burning on average 775 calories per session.

The programme is coordinated by the RFU in partnership with O2 and also supported with funding from Sport England. O2 Touch operates both a ‘pitch up and play’ facility aimed at individuals who are new to rugby or who can’t commit on a weekly basis and O2 Touch leagues for those who want to play in a more structured and competitive environment.

Cricket in The City – charity event

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Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
Time: 12pm – 6.30pm matches, followed by a reception
Location: The Honourable Artillery Company in Moorgate, London, EC1Y 2BQ

A host of special guests will step up to the wicket this September to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, which supports families with seriously ill children being treated at specialist hospitals across the country.

All Out For Cricket in The City on Thursday 8 September promises an afternoon of top-class live cricket with six teams, each featuring a special guest including ex-England cricketers Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Hoggard, competing in a round-robin tournament. The event, taking place at the stunning Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) grounds in Moorgate, will conclude with a three-course dinner and a Q&A with the cricketing stars.

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This year, guests will enjoy an exciting new format, with the number of teams increasing from two to six, meaning even more action. With competitive matches, engaging commentary, drinks in the sunshine and a break for afternoon tea in the exclusive HAC setting, this is the perfect day out for cricket fans. Cricketing legends Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard and Min Patel will each captain a team, and will be supported by a celebrity star and six more players offered by a London company.Mark Ramprakash, who will be playing in the event for the fourth time, says: “My love for cricket only comes second to my love for my children. This charity is all about family and keeping families together in their time of need. I am delighted to be playing for The Sick Children’s Trust and I am sure it’ll be a wonderful day and raise lots of money for the cause.”

All proceeds will go to The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity which provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation and supports over 4,000 families whose children are seriously ill in hospital every year. It costs £30 to support a family for one night in one of its ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country, and the charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to cover this cost.

Matthew Hoggard, who has been on the winning side for the past two years, said: “This will be my third year at All Out For Cricket in The City, which always proves to be a great day out. I’m excited to get back onto the pitch to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, which offers invaluable support to so many families during the most difficult of times imaginable.”

The event last year was a huge success, raising over £65,000. For more information about the event or to buy tickets please call Hannah on 020 7283 4854 or email hannah@sickchildrenstrust.org.