Two new Wicketz hubs open in Bradford and Manchester
There was more good news for our ever expanding Wicketz programme this week, as a second hub opened up in Greater Manchester. The Old Trafford Sports Barn was the venue for the session on Saturday 20 January, which saw 45 children attend. Sessions will continue on Saturdays at the Sports Barn from 10-11.30am.
A second Wicketz hub in Yorkshire also launched last week, giving children in Bradford the chance to access cricket. 19 young people, aged 8-11, who were specifically targeted for the project, attended the session at Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday. Regular coaching sessions will continue at the venue every Wednesday from 3-4pm.
The children at the Manchester hub took part in a carousel of fun activities in the three main cricketing disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding and finished off with some batting relay races that saw each of them leave with a smile on their face and keen to come back next week.
Wicketz Manchester Development Officer Howard Shore said "It was important that we targeted this Wicketz session at children who would not have access to cricket. By liaising with local primary schools, we invited children from low income families and others who the staff at the school felt would benefit from attending, for example if they are physically inactive. We will continue involving other organisations who can refer children to Wicketz, including the local Housing Association and police as well as health centres and GP surgeries."
The new year started with the launch of two Wicketz hubs in Yorkshire and Worcestershire, and the additions of these 2 new hubs builds on the significant expansion of the programme that was seen in 2017.
Using cricket as a tool for change, Wicketz is aimed at hard-to-reach youngsters within areas of high deprivation across the UK, by engaging young people who live in communities where there are few opportunities to play the game regularly. The Lord's Taverners now successfully deliver the programme in Birmingham, Bradford/Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Leyton, Manchester, Plymouth, Crawley, Hartlepool, Luton, Nottingham, Tower Hamlets and West Ham.