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Fruitful Technologies Launches Free Mobile Cricket Game, Tappy Cricket

Melbourne, Australia and Hanoi, Vietnam, November 20, 2014 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — Fruitful Technologies, a mobile development firm has just announced the official launch of its first mobile game, Tappy Cricket.

Tappy Cricket is a fun take on the popular sport of Cricket and is aimed primarily at the casual gamer. Gameplay involves tapping on the screen to keep Tappy the ball away from obstacles in typical social cricket settings, including the alleyway, beach and backyard. Runs are scored as the player progresses through the world and statistics kept that mirror the more formal game of cricket.

Tappy Cricket features both single player and multiplayer modes. In single player mode, players vie for the highest number of runs in the game’s international leaderboard. In multiplayer mode, players can challenge family and friends to a variety of Cricket matches such as Twenty 20, One Day International and Test Matches.

Other special features include:

Basic Features
– Multiple game worlds with unique obstacles
– Customizable game profiles
– Achievements that can be shared online through social networks

Leaderboards
Tappy Cricket keeps track of each player’s game statistics throughout the course of their careers. Logged statistics include:

– Total Games
– Total Runs
– Average Score
– Highest Score
– Number of scores above 50
– Number of scores above 100

Multiplayer Mode
Tappy Cricket allows players to hold matches against family and friends. Game modes include:

– Single inning-games
– Twenty20 games (5 games, total score wins)
– One-Day International (10 games, total score wins)
– Test Match (20 games, total score wins)

Future Features
Tappy Cricket will soon be launching several key features including:

– A new Tournament mode to coincide with the 2015 Cricket World Cup
– The development of over 50 new worlds
– A new rewards program that will allow players to upgrade the ball and unlock new worlds
– Multilingual functionality to feature new language support

Allan Bennetto, Founder of Fruitful Technologies and Tappy Cricket said: “Cricket is the world’s second most popular sport behind football with an estimated 2.5 billion fans in the world. Many of these fans are located in Asia, where there is an perfect storm of cheap, powerful devices coinciding with new faster networks and data plans. And they love games.

With Tappy Cricket, we didn’t just want to create another simulation style game. We wanted to gamify the whole social cricket experience so the anyone could play regardless of age. We wanted the Grandparents to be challenging the Grandkids.

Se we ended up creating a game with a really simple games engine, but bolted on a sophisticated stats engine to record all player details, just like in professional cricket.

What you have now is a game that is really simple to play, but difficult to master. But like cricket, the longer you play, the better you get and the more 100s you score and the better your average is.”

Tran Cong Than, Chief Technical Architect of Fruitful Technologies said: “We’re thrilled to finally get Tappy Cricket out to the public. The game is the product of the many hours of hard-work from our development team here in Vietnam. Tappy Cricket may look simple to play, but a lot of work has gone into getting the stats engine right and syncing up scores from both iOS and Android so that players can seamlessly compete with each other. We’re just getting started too. We’ll be introducing new worlds and new game modes in the coming months. We hope the players enjoy the game as much as we did making it.”

Tappy Cricket is free to download and play. The game is available in the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

About Tappy Cricket
Tappy Cricket is a wacky and addictive take on the classic game of Cricket. Extremely easy to pick up and play, Tappy Cricket provides hours of fun for players of all genders and ages. Simply tap the screen and send Tappy the ball through various cricket worlds and obstacles and compare your runs, highest score and average against the best.

Tappy Cricket is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

For more information, visit www.tappycricket.com.

About Fruitful Technologies
Fruitful Technologies is a mobile application development company and a venture capital firm for start-ups wishing to enter into the competitive mobile arena. Fruitful Technologies takes pride with creating beautiful and immersive custom mobile applications for its clients based on their requirements.

Fruitful Technologies serves a worldwide audience and currently has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Hanoi, and Amsterdam.

For more information, visit www.fruitful.io.
Contact-Details: Allan Bennetto
howzat@tappycricket.com

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There’s no need to be caught out without comprehensive cricket insurance, thanks to Insure4Sport’s Cricket Care

Cricket might be looked on as a genteel sport, which is played at a leisurely pace, but the risks which players and coaches expose themselves to could very easily bowl them a googly.

That’s why experienced sports insurance provider Insure4Sport has launched the first policy of its kind, Cricket Care, especially intended to give players, coaches and other team staff the reassurance of extensive cover for themselves and their equipment.

Cricket Care is powered by Insure4Sport, who bring into play their experience of negotiating top-quality cover for those who play, coach and teach a wide range of other sports.

Whether you’re a Sunday league player, are climbing the ladder of the sport with ambitions of making it to test level, or are involved behind the scenes with a club, you’ll appreciate that playing the game comes with certain risks.

Just ask former Nottinghamshire and England wicketkeeper Bruce French. Often acknowledged as one of the sport’s most accident-prone players, French was hit by an unbelievably unlucky sequence of events when on tour in Pakistan with England in 1987-88.

He was hit on the head by a ball thrown onto a practice field by a spectator, but then, on his way to hospital was hit by a car as he walked to casualty. After having stitches, he returned to the ground, only to then bang his head on a low light fitting.

“No one would ever suggest that any cricketer could be as unlucky as French,” said Andy Hagger at Insure4Sport, “but any injury can seriously mar your enjoyment of the game, and even possibly have repercussions which might affect your earnings.

“That’s why we set out to offer a range of dedicated cricket insurance policies. It means that, if the worst should happen, you can now rest assured that you, your team and your equipment need have no worries should an accident befall you.”

The cover offered has been specially designed to take account of the most common risks involved in cricket at any level, and can be available instantly when you buy a cricket insurance policy online.

So put yourself, your team-mates and your club in safe hands, and contact Cricket Care today. We’ll find the right policy for your needs, with no nasty spin guaranteed!

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npower Announces Award Winners For August

npower has announced the winners of the players and managers awards for the npower Football League in August.

Sheffield Wednesday striker, Ryan Lowe, is the npower League 1 Player of the Month for August. Lowe netted four league goals and three in the Carling Cup for Bury before making a deadline day switch to Wednesday.

Sky Sports’ Football League expert, Peter Beagrie, sits on the npower Player of the Month judging panel. He said: “Ryan was the top-scorer in League 2 last season and he has continued to score goals in a higher division this season.”

In the npower Championship, Middlesbrough striker, Marvin Emnes, is the npower Player of the Month for August. Emnes netted four goals during the month to help Boro to an unbeaten start and fourth place in the table.

Finally, in the npower League 2, Dagenham & Redbridge defender, Mark Arber, is the Player of the Month for August. Arber netted the only goal in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town and helped keep three clean sheets as The Daggers made an impressive start to their npower League 2 campaign.

As for the managers of the month awards, Milton Keynes Dons manager, Karl Robinson, is the npower League 1 Manager of the Month for August. Robinson led The Dons to the top of the table with five wins and a draw from their opening six games.

Former Charlton Athletic boss, Alan Curbishley, chairs the npower Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: “MK Dons have made a fantastic start to the new campaign, both in npower League 1 and the Carling Cup.

“Not only has Karl Robinson led his men to the top of the league, they are also top scorers in the division and winning games in style.”

Over in the npower Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion manager, Gus Poyet, is the Manager of the Month for August. Poyet led The Seagulls to the top of the table with four wins and a draw from their first five games.

npower’s Head of Sponsorship, Emma Collins, said: “Brighton lit up npower League 1 last season and now they are doing the same in the Championship.

“They have settled easily into their new stadium and performed very well in the first five games of the new campaign.

“I’d like to congratulate Gus and the team on behalf of npower, and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.”

Rotherham United manager, Andy Scott, is the npower League 2 Manager of the Month for August. Scott led The Millers to second in the table with four wins and a draw from their opening six games.

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert, Peter Beagrie, Football League head of Communications, John Nagle, BBC Sport’s, Mark Clemmit and npower’s Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.

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Npower Supports Cricket in the City

In support Cricket in the City in Birmingham, Test Series sponsor npower will be bringing its Urban Cricket to Victoria Square.

A scheme to encourage grass roots cricket and get children playing the game, Urban Cricket is now in its fifth year. As part of the scheme, five dedicated Urban Cricket facilities were opened across the country – including one in Highgate Park in Birmingham which was opened in 2008.

Birmingham City Council, working in partnership with Warwickshire Cricket Board, regularly uses the facility to run cricket coaching programmes for local schools.

npower will bring Urban Cricket to the city centre as part of the Cricket in the City event, with a giveaway of hundreds of cricket kits, including a bat and ball.

Clare McDoughall, Education Programme Director at npower, said: “Initiatives like Urban Cricket are essential to get more young people interested in playing cricket. It’s easy to learn, anyone can have a go and you don’t need expensive equipment.”

Urban Cricket is a national project run in conjunction with ECB, which launched in 2006 with a clear goal to get more children playing cricket. The scheme has also been responsible for the development of 5 purpose built cricket facilities across UK, those being in Brixton in London, Abbeyfield Park in Sheffield, Highgate Park in Birmingham, King Edward in Nottingham and Bignor Playing Field in Manchester.

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Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

The new deal will maintain npower’s position as one of the largest corporate sponsors of cricket in the UK and will run until the end of the 2011 Test series against India, with the option to extend until after the end of the next Ashes series in 2013. npower has been the title sponsor of domestic Test match cricket since 2001.

Leading Energy Supplier, npower, Has Announced A Two-Year Extension To Its Title Sponsorship Of Domestic Test Match Cricket

As part of the sponsorship npower will continue to enjoy significant commercial access to the England cricket team as well as an extensive package of rights including ticketing at Test matches and image rights. The deal will also provide npower with the opportunity to build a greater brand presence at Test match venues through advertising, branding and sampling.

npower will also continue its successful grassroots initiative, npower Urban Cricket, which it runs in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board. As part of the new deal, two more purpose-built cricket facilities will be built in major conurbations across the UK – adding to the five that have already been created. These facilities, that provide a permanent and safe space for children to learn the basics of cricket, aim to increase participation and leave a long-term, sustainable legacy for the sport.

Kevin Miles, CEO of npower retail, said: “We’re delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Test cricket: to be at the heart of the game for eleven years is something we can be extremely proud of. Test cricket – and particularly the current npower Ashes Series – continues to capture the public’s imagination and we’re thrilled to be involved.”

“Our Urban Cricket initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Renewing our contract ensures future investment in this scheme which is vital for the development of cricket from playground to Test arena.”

“From a brand perspective, not only has our cricket sponsorship provided us with great visibility, it has also provided a strong marketing platform for our other products and services like our gas boiler installation service, npower hometeam. We’re already looking forward to the next two seasons.”

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive added: “The ECB believes Test matches are the pinnacle of cricket and is committed to growing its popularity both at home and overseas. We are therefore delighted npower will continue as the title sponsor of our home series until 2011. Since the start of its sponsorship in 2001 npower has been a very energetic and committed partner of English cricket. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in its Urban Cricket initiative that has helped give thousands of children across the country a chance to play cricket for the first time.”

The new agreement sees the end of npower’s official partner sponsorship of the Twenty20 Cup, a competition it has sponsored since its inception in 2003. npower will continue its sponsorship of the Women’s Test series.

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npower Research Has Revealed That British Employees See Themselves Most Like Former England Cricket Captain Mike Atherton In The Workplace, According To A Poll By The Ashes Title Sponsor

According to the research of more than 1300 UK workers, one in four (23 per cent) see themselves as having an ‘analytical’ business personality like Atherton, rather than the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen.

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A close second was David Gower, with 19 per cent of workers saying they adopted his ‘laid back’ style in the workplace. Ian Botham was third with 15 per cent of the vote, before Kevin Pietersen and Nasser Hussain took fourth and fifth place with four per cent and three per cent of the vote respectively.

The research also revealed some regional differences, with workers in Yorkshire and Wales likening themselves more to David Gower, and employees in the south east believing they are most like Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham.

Age differences were also apparent, as one in eight (12 per cent) of the youngest age group (18-24 year olds) see themselves as being like Kevin Pietersen at work, significantly higher than the national average.

Julia Lynch Williams, director of energy services at npower said: “As title sponsors of the Ashes, we conducted a light-hearted exercise to see if leadership styles on the cricket field would carry over to the workplace. While cricket fans loved the flamboyancy of Kevin Pietersen, it is clear a more thoughtful, analytical approach adopted by Mike Atherton is what the average worker could most identify with.”

The survey offered participants the option of matching themselves with the leadership styles of five former England captains. The captains and styles were: Mike Atherton (‘analytical’), David Gower (‘laid back’), Ian Botham (‘lead from the front’), Kevin Pietersen (‘flamboyant’) and Nasser Hussain (‘intense’).

Online research was undertaken by YouGov across a sample of 1346 UK workers. The research took place in June 2009.

About npower:
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving more than 230,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 15,000 industrial and commercial customers, with more than 100,000 sites.

npower specialises in risk management solutions, including market-leading flexible energy purchasing, energy efficiency, and broader energy management functions, tailored to every size of business.

npower helps companies monitor and manage energy consumption to bring commercial and environmental benefits. To help achieve this, npower business has developed a monitoring and targeting (M&T) tool – encompass.

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npower Encourages Businesses To Bat For England

npower, official sponsor of the Ashes Test Series, has conducted new research to find out how businesses and their employees across the UK are going to follow the Ashes series while at work.

Kind-hearted bosses are planning to let employees get behind the England cricket team this summer, according to npower, with one in 16 UK employees saying that their boss was letting them follow the hotly-contested npower Ashes series between England and Australia during the working day, with many installing TVs and radios to make sure they don’t miss a minute of the action.

npower surveyed over 1300 UK workers to see if they would be getting behind Kevin Pietersen and the rest of the England cricket team this summer, with nearly one third (28 per cent) of workers planning to follow the Ashes while at work. While the majority (37 per cent) said it was because they are cricket fans and wouldn’t miss it, over one in 10 (11 per cent) said it would be good for staff morale during difficult economic times. However, one in 30 bosses admitted it was because they feared employees would take sick days if they weren’t allowed to watch the cricket at work.

While applauding patriotic bosses, npower is urging businesses planning to install extra TVs and radios to consider switching other appliances off on order to keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Julia Lynch Williams, director of energy services at npower, said: “It is great that UK businesses are planning to get behind the team and follow them during the Ashes. However, just installing one extra appliance, such as a TV or radio, and keeping it on for the duration of the working-day will increase a businesses’ energy consumption. All we are asking is that if you are getting behind Strauss, Pietersen, Collingwood and co, that you adopt a ‘switch on switch off’ policy during the test series. Fingers crossed it’s going to be 2005 all over again.”

Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart is also backing npower’s campaign, commenting: “The Ashes is the test series that all English, and Australian, cricket fans look forward to and it is great that npower has been such a huge part of English cricket for so many years. It is also fantastic that the nation’s workforce is planning to get behind the team, whether that is via TV, radio or online.

“Since hanging my bat up I have been involved in a business venture myself, so I know how important it is to save energy, both in terms of cost and carbon emissions, which is why I am backing npower’s ‘switch on switch off’ initiative – get behind the lads but just turn off a printer or photocopier instead.”

Julia Lynch Williams continued: “Many people don’t realise that many local businesses are integral to the success of the Ashes series. As part of our commitment to providing energy advice to SMEs, we want to showcase some of those businesses that are working so hard behind the scenes, whether it’s at the grounds or entertaining the fans.”

The npower Ashes series starts in Cardiff on 8th July 2009.

Online research was undertaken by YouGov across a sample of 1346 UK workers. The research took place in June 2009.

About npower:
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving over 230,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 15,000 industrial and commercial customers, with over 100,000 sites.

npower specialises in risk management solutions, including market-leading flexible energy purchasing, energy efficiency, and broader energy management functions, tailored to every size of business.

For more information visit the npower Media Centre.

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Ravi Bopora And Charlotte Edwards Visited npower’s Urban Cricket Facility In Brixton

The npower Urban Cricket facility in Brixton was visited by England batsman Ravi Bopara and Charlotte Edwards, Captain of the England Women’s Cricket Team, where they were joined by forty youngsters for a game of Urban Cricket in Brixton, London.

Ravi and Charlotte were visiting the npower Urban Cricket facility in Wyck Gardens, which was officially opened in August 2007 as part of the grassroots Urban Cricket initiative, to pass on tips and advice to a group of local primary school children who use the facility to practice playing.

The facility, which transformed a disused area of the park, was the first of five purpose-built facilities to be opened across the country as part of the Urban Cricket initiative. Since its opening, the London Borough of Lambeth, working in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club, regularly use the facility to run coaching programmes for local primary schools to encourage children to lead more active lifestyles. The facility is also open to the local community to use at any time. Over 1,000 children, young people and adults have benefited from the facility and the associated coaching that goes with the programme. Ravi Bopara said: “It’s great to be in Wyck Gardens to see how npower Urban Cricket is working. Judging by some of the children I’ve seen here today the scheme is really making a difference. There was lots of energy, not to mention some decent little cricketers who weren’t afraid to bang it in to me. It’s great to see kids getting stuck in and enjoying themselves.”

Charlotte Edwards commented: “It’s fantastic to see initiatives such as npower Urban Cricket giving youngsters the chance to learn the game.”

George Foster, CSR and Fundraising Manager at Surrey County Cricket Club, commented:

“The npower Urban Cricket facility has really benefited the area since it was opened two years ago. We use the facility on a weekly basis to try and introduce local children to cricket and encourage them to get out there and play. Facilities like these are a great way of developing a legacy for the game and allowing children in the area to practice their skills in a safe environment.”

npower Urban Cricket, a grassroots project run in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), was launched in 2006 with one clear goal – to get more children playing. Since its launch, npower and the ECB have distributed over 60,000 Urban Cricket kits to children in the UK. The scheme plans to distribute a further 10,000 kits in the summer of 2009. The scheme has also been responsible for the development of five purpose built facilities across the UK at sites in London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester

About npower:
npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity supplier and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources the green energy for juice directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost. As well as the the npower Ashes Series 2009, npower sponsors the Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup organised by the Wisden Cricketer.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

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The New npower Urban Cricket Facility In King Edward Park, Nottingham, Has Opened With A Huge Six From England Cricket International Stuart Broad Marking The Opening

npowercricketThe new facility, which has transformed a disused area of the park, is the fourth of five purpose-built cricket facilities to be opened across the country as part of the Urban Cricket initiative. It provides a permanent space for children in Nottingham to learn and practice their cricket skills, turning them into possible stars of the future.

In addition to the facility, five school playgrounds in the Nottingham area have also been redeveloped into Urban Cricket Zones. These zones will help children with an interest in cricket to practice and develop their skills.

Working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board, the development of the facility and its five supporting zones, creates a tiered community development programme with a clear route for children to follow, from learning basic skills all the way up to playing club cricket.

Stuart Broad said: “It’s fantastic to see initiatives such as npower Urban Cricket giving youngsters the chance to get out there and play the game. It’s going to make a real difference to the local community and will hopefully produce plenty more first class cricketers for Notts.” 

Chris Broad, Stuart’s father and an ex-Nottinghamshire and England cricketer himself, who also attended the opening, commented: “The npower Urban Cricket facilities are a great way of developing a legacy for the game and allowing children in the area to practice their skills.”

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Leisure and Culture said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this fantastic cricket initiative and can’t wait to see local young people making the most of the facilities and developing their game. Nottingham has a great tradition for cricket with Trent Bridge central to our sporting landscape. Let’s hope this will ensure some more home grown talent playing for Notts soon.”

npower Urban Cricket, a grassroots project run in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), was launched in 2006 with one clear goal – to get more children playing cricket. Since its launch, npower and the ECB have distributed over 60,000 Urban Cricket kits to children in the UK. The scheme plans to distribute a further 10,000 kits in the summer of 2009.

More recently the focus for Urban Cricket has shifted to the development of five facilities with five Urban Cricket zones in school playgrounds surrounding each of the facilities. The first facility was opened by Monty Panesar in South London in August 2007. The second, in Sheffield, was opened by Ryan Sidebottom in April 2008 and the third, in Birmingham, by Ian Bell in August 2008. The fifth and final facility in Manchester will be opened by James Anderson later this month.

About npower:
npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity supplier and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources the green energy for juice directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost.

npower sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup organised by the Wisden Cricketer.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

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The Npower Village Cup 2009 Gets Underway This Sunday With A Renewed Mission To Promote And Encourage The True Essence Of Traditional Village Cricket

New competition rules introduced for the first time this season have redefined eligibility criteria for players and clubs. This means that participating teams cannot compete in the premier division of their local league or play in the ECB Knock Out cup. On an individual basis, no players can receive payment or play league cricket for another club in the same season.

“We want to encourage true village teams and players to enter the npower Village Cup and we know that in the past some sides have chosen not to get involved because of the presence of bigger and better resourced clubs,” explained John Stern, editor of The Wisden Cricketer magazine, which organises and administers the competition.

“This is a competition aimed solely at village cricketers so it’s important that we retain the essence of village cricket, which is in danger of being squeezed out by a more professional approach to the recreational game. The spirit of the competition is about local cricketers playing for their local village and the new rules will encourage that to happen,” said Tim Percival of competition sponsor npower.

In response to the new approach, dozens of villages have entered the competition for the first time, joining hundreds of other teams from across England, Wales and Scotland.

Typifying the first time entrants for the 2009 season are clubs from West Tanfield in North Yorkshire, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Dyhram & Hinton, Gloucestershire, Damersham in Hampshire and Buckland Monachorum from Devon.

At stake for all clubs is the chance to play at the most famous cricket ground in the world. Lord’s will once again host the final, courtesy of MCC, on Monday 14 September, allowing players the ultimate privilege of experiencing its unique atmosphere and unrivalled sense of occasion.

Supporters and media can follow the progress of the 2009 npower Village Cup online at www.thewisdencricketer.com, while full details of npower’s range of cricket sponsorships can be viewed at www.npower.com/cricket

1. npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. 2. npower sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series and the Twenty20 Cup.

About npower:
Npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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The ECB, And Test Series Sponsors Npower, Hope To Attract New Cricket Fans In 2009 By Capitalising On A Packed Summer Of Cricket, Including The Home Npower Ashes Series, With Five ‘Cricket In The Park’ Events

The npower sponsored ‘Cricket in the Park‘ events will take place in Southampton, Liverpool, London, Derby and Cambridge. Fans will be able to watch live action from the npower Ashes series on big screens and be part of the year’s biggest sporting event.

The events aim to widen cricket’s fanbase by reaching a broader audience, following the excitement of the last home npower Ashes series in 2005. Other ECB activity has included the formation of its ‘Chance to Shine’ scheme, which will boost participation in cricket related activities in schools and build links with local clubs.

Sue Heritage, sponsorship and events manager at npower commented, “2009 will be a colossal year for cricket in the UK. We want to make sure as many people experience the npower Ashes series as possible and that’s why we’re supporting the ECB’s Cricket in the Park initiative. We aim to make this summer of cricket one to remember for fans up and down the country.”

npower also plans to unveil a new website dedicated to keeping fans up to date with the latest news during a packed cricket calendar, including the npower Ashes Series. The new site will allow fans to view exclusive cricket content. There will also be information on npower’s Urban Cricket initiative – a grassroots scheme, which aims to get more children to play cricket.

The five Test npower Ashes Series commences on the 8th July in Cardiff, with the final Test starting at the Brit Oval on 20th August 2009.

About npower:
npower has 6.6 million residential gas and electricity accounts throughout the UK. Its key sites are Worcester, Kingswinford, Oldbury, Solihull, Leeds and Stoke on Trent. npower retail employs around 7,600 staff. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources the green energy for juice directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost. Join the energy industry discussion on npower’s interactive debating website www.brighterenergydebate.com where you can post your questions, views and comments.

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