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18 Apr

CWC Trophy Tour comes to Yorkshire

Yorkshire Cricket celebrate the Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour in Leeds and Bradford with a flashmob, educational workshops and kwik cricket!

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF), Yorkshire CCC’s official charity and community arm, has hosted three Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour events across Leeds and Bradford, with key partners.

The tour began in Bradford on 11th April, where the Trophy was presented at Bradford Park Avenue.

To start the day, eight local primary schools were invited to play in a Kwik Cricket festival at Bradford Park Avenue Cricket Ground in the morning. 350 children enjoyed the morning and had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the trophy. A huge thank you goes out to Steve Painter, School Sports Co-ordinator, who organised the primary schools.

The afternoon saw the Trophy go to Bradford College, where it was displayed in the main reception area, attracting hundreds of students for that all-important selfie. The college also took part in a flashmob workshop, which was performed on the day in the Bradford College reception area.

Chris Taylor, from the Bradford College Enrichment Team, was instrumental in putting everything together and the event could not have gone ahead without him.

Sabeya salam, student at Bradford College, said: “I was really thankful and privileged to be able to be part of the day.”

The final part of the day was at Karmand Community Centre, where the Foundation hosted a women and girls only event. Lydiya Greenway, Ex-England Cricketer, took part in a question and answer session for the group, co-ordinated by Fatima Patel.

The Trophy then made its way to the Trinity Centre, in Leeds City Centre, on Sunday 14th April, where the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Leeds Girls Can hosted a mass flashmob! Local community groups from across Leeds had been learning the routine from We Move More dance choreographer, Lauren Evans, for six months prior to the event.

The day also saw performances from Punjabi Roots and dance group, Dazl, as well as guest appearances from Punjabi Roots’ mascots. The music was pumping and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the air as local shoppers were surprised with the flashmob – and some even joined in!

Shoppers could also get in on the action by having their photo taken and use our specially made ‘Flashmob Cricket World Cup’ filter on snapchat.

Louise Walker and the Leeds Girls Can team played an essential role to the successful delivery of the event.

YCF Marketing and PR Officer, Charlotte Jones, commented:
“There has been a massive build up to this event, with the community groups learning the routine months beforehand and it was a great success. The children especially loved it and passers by were encouraged to take part in all of the performances that went on. There was a real community spirit to the event itself but also in the great partnership work in the organising process, between YCF, Leeds Girls Can and all the other key partners involved”.

For the final event, the Cricket World Cup Trophy was then hosted at Emerald Headingley Stadium, which saw community groups from YCF projects’ Wicketz and Core Cities, across Leeds, Bradford and Hull, spend the afternoon at the ground, taking part in a range of workshops.

Dominic Berry, performance poet, hosted a theatrical poetry workshop where he shared poems about modern day online gaming. He then encouraged the children to use their own creative skills and facilitated a participatory poem, where children could shout out words and phrases to be include in the poem.

YCF also hosted a ‘World Cup Wellbeing’ cooking workshop which presented the children with four healthy salad plates, based around the four Cricket World Cup teams, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England and India.
There were certainly mixed reviews to begin with but the children were won over in the end, especially after they got stuck in mixing the salads.

Ben Frazer, Wicketz Development Officer for Leeds and Bradford, said:

“You always get a certain look from children when you say ‘We’re going to mix a salad’ but once they got stuck into it, they loved it. We had one cultural ingredient from each place- which were Mango, Cucumber, Chickpea and Coconut”

Children then toured the Yorkshire Cricket Museum and took part in a Cricket World Cup themed quiz. They then headed over to the Yorkshire Cricket Centre, where England and Yorkshire CCC professionals train, to take part in a Cricket skills session, hosted by the Yorkshire Cricket Board.

All three events saw great engagement from a variety of communities, who all shared excitement for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

To find out more about the work of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, our projects and how you can support us, visit www.yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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