Wicketz is a community cricket programme targeting young people aged 8-16 living in areas of deprivation and hard-to-reach groups without access to sporting opportunities and the benefits sport can bring. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, we provide year-round weekly cricket sessions with a focus on developing crucial life skills. We look to;
Develop participant's physical and mental well-being
Promote positive life choices
Enhance the future prospects of participants
Increase community cohesion
Create sustainable community club environments
Wicketz tackles issues that negatively affect its participants and communities. Through sport, it improves prospects of participants by developing their social and personal skills such as leadership, communication and self-esteem. This is achieved through reactive learning within cricket sessions, relevant in-house health awareness and the delivery of workshops from local and national organisations, on topics specifically targeted at local issues, including healthy living, gang and knife violence, rail safety and hate crime.
In 2017, we delivered over 550 weekly coaching sessions in 10 locations around the UK, and nearly 600 young people were regular participants. The programme has expanded this year with new projects launching in Bradford/Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Plymouth. In addition to these new projects, the Lord's Taverners deliver the programme in Birmingham, Bristol, Hartlepool, Leicester, London, Luton, Nottingham and Sussex.
For more details about the programme please contact Dan Wilson on 0203 889 7516, or via email.
Abdus Salaam, 18, is the assistant coach for the Luton Wicketz project. He first got involved with the project in the summer of 2016, and quickly became a leader and positive role model for the younger players. Abdus witnessed domestic violence in his early life which led to severe anger management issues and the temptation to take what he describes as a ‘bad path’.
He was introduced to sport, initially as a way to overcome this and has learned not only to manage his own emotions but also to diffuse arguments between others with sensitivity and maturity. Being part of the Wicketz programme has seen him not only improve as a player, but also a coach and mentor – encouraging his peers to join him on the cricket pitch rather than follow a path of anti-social behaviour. Abdus won the 2016 Wicketz residential festival ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award and the ‘Judges Choice’ award at the 2016 Sporting Chance Awards.