Cricket Power draws youngsters to Street20 Inner City Finals
The Lord’s Taverners Cricket for Change programme came to London last week (12 April) for the annual Street20 National Finals, the youth cricket initiative which aims to transform the lives of youngsters living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.
The Street20 Finals welcomed the top 20 inner-city teams from across the country, including Basildon, Brighton, Bristol, Crawley, Colchester, Hastings, Newcastle, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Reading and Southend to the “Play on Sport” arena, Canary Wharf to compete for the National title. However, it was Newcastle who ran out eventual winners after seeing off the competition of Cordon Park Youth Club in a well contested final.
These finals are the pinnacle of a much bigger Lord’s Taverners Cricket for Change programme, which works with local community groups to provide a year-round programme of youth work including civic responsibility, social inclusion and education.
“It’s amazing to see the impact sport – and in particular Street20 – can have on young people,” said Matthew Patten, the chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners. “It offers them the opportunity to engage with their peers and represent their home cities in a national competition. Our aim is to create a meaningful pathway for them to use sport as a vehicle to change their lives and lifestyle.”
Prior to the Finals, the teams attended a “Drug Awareness Workshop” delivered by Paul Haliford, who spoke candidly about his experiences of being in a gang and taking drugs.
‘The Lord’s Taverners Cricket for Change Programme’ uses a super-short form of cricket (‘Street20’) to engage youngsters on the streets of some of the UK’s most deprived communities.