Wicketz in Luton going from strength to strength
Our ‘Wicketz’ programme channels the power of cricket as a tool for change, social cohesion and making a difference to the lives of people in deprived areas.
In Luton, the Wicketz Club there has been holding a week-long festival of cricket for the young people involved since its launch earlier this year at Luton Town and Indians CC. Luton was one of two national projects launched this year (other being Hartlepool), identified as a key area for a Wicketz project due to the high levels of anti-social behaviour and very low levels of engagement in sport.
Before Wicketz, opportunities for young people to play cricket within community cricket clubs was very limited and since its launch over 50 boys and girls have begun playing cricket regularly at Wicketz community clubs across Luton. The programme reaches further than simply the delivery of cricket. The sessions also include a range of workshops, delivered by both our Wicketz coaches, and external partners or individuals. These help develop key social and personal skills like confidence, independence and leadership, as well as touching on important issues that affect the local area.
One parent said, "Previously my son had attended another cricket club in the area but they were not very appreciative of him and one day he even came home crying because there was some kind of bullying happening. He was very upset."
"Since he started [Wicketz] he is extremely happy and settled. He has built his confidence and is so happy with everyone especially [coaches] Dan and George"