Wicketz introduced to young people in Glasgow
Our community cricket programme, Wicketz, was launched in Glasgow this March as part of the rapid expansion the programme has seen in the last 18 months. A hub has opened in Springburn in the north of Glasgow at the Glasgow Club health and fitness centre, with 11 young people taking part in the first session. This is the first Wicketz project north of the border and is thanks to a grant last year from the Big Lottery Fund.
Partnerships with local businesses and organisations are crucial to help new projects get off the ground, and the Glasgow project received a massive boost when it was confirmed that Tesco committed to providing free fruit and water for the participants for the first three months. Glasgow Life have also provided a grant that covers hall hire costs for the first two months.
Wicketz is a community cricket programme helping hard-to-reach young people aged 8-16 living in areas of high deprivation in hard-to-reach groups with a focus on social cohesion and developing crucial life skills.
Five workshops aimed at developing these skills have already been organised, focusing on healthy eating, first aid, personal hygiene and career advice as well as a talk from Glasgow police. Paramedic students from Glasgow Caledonian University have already been to the project to deliver the first aid course; another positive, mutually beneficial partnership that has been formed since Wicketz was introduced to Glasgow.
Nearly 600 young people now attend sessions regularly all over the UK with this number continuing to grow substantially every year. The programme is now successfully being delivered in 14 locations, including Glasgow, across the UK, with hubs Bradford/Leeds, Bristol, Crawley, Hartlepool, Leicester, Leyton, Luton, Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Tower Hamlets, West Ham and West Midlands.
To find out more about Wicketz, click here.