Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust £7,000 funding boost
Our Wicketz programme has received a huge boost in the form of a £7,000 grant from the Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust, which will help fund the delivery of our free community cricket programme in Wales for the next 12 months.
Wicketz is a free community cricket programme aimed at young people aged 8-19 living in areas with high levels of deprivation, using cricket as a tool for social change. Delivered by us in conjunction with local county cricket boards, Wicketz is about improving the prospects of young people and helping them gain the life skills they need to thrive and realise their potential through cricket.
The young people who attend Wicketz are living within the highest 25% of areas for deprivation, face inequality and have many obstacles which stop them engaging in positive activities such as different language barriers, socio-economic statuses and being socially excluded.
The £7,000 grant from the Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust, which aims to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in Wales, will allow the charity to continue improving its weekly Wicketz delivery across Wales. Sessions are currently delivered for young people from disadvantaged communities at weekly hubs in Abercynon, Ely and Llanrumney.
Wicketz Programme Manager, Dan Wilson, said: “We’re very grateful for this funding from the Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust. Wicketz is about so much more than cricket, it brings communities together through the sport and provides personal development and educational opportunities on key social issues for participants. This funding will ensure we’re able to reach even more young people who can benefit from the programme in Wales.”