Big Lottery fund provides Wicketz boost
Thanks to a grant of over £33,000 from the Big Lottery Fund we can now announce that we’ll be able to expand our thriving Wicketz programme to Scotland and start delivery in Glasgow.
Using cricket as a tool for change, Wicketz is aimed at hard to reach young people within areas of high deprivation across the UK. Wicketz provides a sustainable cricket environment with a focus on social cohesion and developing crucial life skills such as respect, teamwork and self-confidence.
As well as the cricket element to Wicketz, with access to regular coaching and competitive opportunities, the programme also delivers workshops around healthy living and social issues. So far workshops have been run at a number of hubs with the police, fire brigade and other local partners.
The success of two pilot projects in West Ham and Tower Hamlets, provided the foundation for the expansion of the programme to areas of high deprivation away from the capital. Two new national projects were introduced in conjunction with local county cricket boards during 2016, one in Hartlepool the other in Luton.
Further expansion followed and now there are weekly Wicketz sessions being delivered in Birmingham, Bristol, Crawley, Dudley, Leicester, Leyton, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth and Redditch.
In the last 12 months over 1,000 young people have benefited from the programme across the country and that number is set to increase as we’ll be taking Wicketz to Bradford and Leeds, and thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, Glasgow before the end of 2017.
Disadvantaged young people in North Glasgow, particulalry those in Springburn and Possilpark are set to benefit from the introduction of the programme.
Announcing the funding, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Young Start helps Scotland’s next generation unlock their talents through a wide range of activities. These are designed to engage and inspire young people, and ensure they have the best possible start in life. The funding will make a big difference and I wish the Lord’s Taverners every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of young people in their local community.”