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13 Aug

Wicketz: Our first residential

Last week, 120 children aged 8-16 from Wicketz hubs around the UK were invited on a residential, hosted in the private school grounds of Repton school in Derbyshire.

Wicketz is a nation-wide Lord Taveners programme, that came to Yorkshire in December 2017. The programme aims to get children off the streets and into cricket by providing free cricket sessions to areas of deprivation in Leeds and Bradford. Wicketz also runs social issues sessions, based on the needs of each community, covering topics such as healthy living, gang and knife violence, rail safety and hate crime.

The 3-day residential brought together Wicketz hubs from Leeds, Bradford, Hartlepool, Glasgow, Luton and other core areas.

The residentials involved 3 days of hard & soft ball cricket tournaments, specialist cricket coaching – including batting, fielding and bowling masterclasses from ex-England coach Peter Moores and ex-England player Kabir Ali as well as Derbyshire CCC player Luis Reece. In addition to the cricket, children attended a range of educational workshops, which included poetry, street doctors and social media safety.

The residential’s purpose was to bring Wicketz youngsters together outside of their usual inner-city suburb surroundings, to experience once in a lifetime coaching workshops and to compete in friendly cricket competitions.

To find out more about Yorkshire’s Wicketz Programme Click here or contact Ben.Fraser@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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