Wicketz Yorkshire is a big hit!
Saturday 2nd December saw the Launch of new Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Project, Wicketz Yorkshire.
The project, funded by Lord Taveners, aims to allow children in high deprived areas the opportunity to play cricket and access all the benefits associated with playing a sport, such as communication skills, team work and mental and physical health benefits. The primary focus is to improve the lives of young people by providing positive role models and promoting community cohesion with workshops covering local issues such as rail safety, gang violence, hate crime and healthy living.
Wicketz is a national project which has been successful in cities such as Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester.
Over 60 children, aged between 8 and 16 went along to the event, to try out a little cricket. The event was an informal introduction to cricket, where children practiced their catching, batting and throwing.
4 Volunteers supported the event, which accumulated with a conversation between all participants and their families, that discussed the project going forward, how they can become involved and promoting the community aspects of Wicketz Yorkshire, all over a hot buffet.
“Today has been an excellent start to the Wicketz project in Yorkshire. I’m thrilled with the amount of people who have attended and I’m hopeful that this is a sign of things to come as the project becomes a weekly event. Wicktetz Yorkshire focuses on using sport as the hook to promote social and community development. The project in other areas has really helped make a difference to the lives of children, by showing them the different options they have. Wicketz Yorkshire can guide children and young people through turbulent times and help them make an informed choice about their future.” – Ben Fraser, Wicketz Development Officer