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LOCAL FAMILIES JOIN HENDY KIA TO MEET THE KIA SUPER LEAGUE CRICKET STARS OF 2016

Youngsters from Southampton and the surrounding areas joined Hendy Kia dealership and the cricket stars of the Southern Vipers for a fun training session ahead of the inaugural Kia Super League Finals Day this Sunday. 

Schoolchildren enjoyed a meet and greet with some of the biggest names in women's cricket including Southern Vipers captain Charlotte Edwards, former England batsman Lydia Greenway and New Zealand International Suzie Bates.

Guests took part in mini cricket lessons with the team and were able to learn more about grassroots cricket.

The Kia Super League brings together the very best female cricketers from across the country and around the world. Kia's partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board represents the first ever standalone title sponsorship for a domestic women's cricket competition in England.

The Southern Vipers secured their place in the Kia Super League Final at Chelmsford on Sunday after finishing of the league table, winning four out of five matches.   

President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Paul Philpott says: "We are very proud to be able to expand on our sponsorship of women's cricket.  Being able to support the game at a domestic level within the UK ensures that the future of women's cricket, and security for up and coming players, is there." 

Paul Hendy, chief executive of Southern Vipers sponsor Hendy Group, said: "We have a long association with supporting cricket in the south and we're delighted to be involved in today's fantastic initiative, which we hope will inspire even more young people to get into the sport."

Bobby Parks, Southern Vipers General Manager said: "Today's event is what the Kia Super League is all about - to inspire the next generation of Southern Vipers. We're delighted to have the support of Hendy Kia locally and hopefully we can do everyone proud on Sunday and make history by being the first team to bring home the trophy!"