Haseeb Hameed attends Wicketz session in Manchester
Lancashire and England batsman Haseeb Hameed attended a Wicketz taster session at Cedar Mount Academy in Manchester yesterday. Haseeb, and Lancashire academy player Rehan Udwadia, took part in the session with over 20 young people before giving a batting masterclass.
Launched in 2012, Wicketz uses cricket as a tool for change. The programme 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. The Lord’s Taverners already successfully deliver the programme in London, Luton, Hartlepool, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Nottingham, Sussex, Plymouth and Leeds/Bradford. Greater Manchester is the latest area to benefit.
Wicketz in Manchester is a new initiative, formed in partnership between the Lord’s Taverners and the Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation, who have successfully secured over £98,000 to develop and deliver the programme. The first hub in central Manchester has been formed at Cedar Mount Academy, where weekly sessions run on Monday nights, and further hubs are planned for Salford and Trafford as the programme looks to grow.
Haseeb said after the session: "I was delighted to officially launch the Wicketz programme at Cedar Mount Academy on Tuesday afternoon. This will give more young people the opportunity to play cricket regularly and benefit from support with other aspects of their life.
“Cricket has made such a big difference in my life and it’s important to give some time and support back to programmes like this.”