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19 Apr

Kamil uses the YCF to overcome 'difficult' childhood

Youngster Kamil Price says volunteering with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation has helped him greatly after what he describes as a ‘difficult’ childhood.

Kamil grew up in the care of social services and began his volunteering journey with CATCH in Harehills roughly three years ago.

CATCH stands for Community Action to Create Hope and is a local charity which aims to create safe social spaces for young people in the community.

He then joined the CATCH Wicketz Hub as a participant in April of last year, where he is now a weekly volunteer cricket coach.

Wicketz is a national cricket programme that is funded by Lord’s Taverners and delivered in the county by the YCF, which targets 8-16-year olds in deprived areas.

Using cricket as the hook, the project hosts cricket sessions and alternative education workshops aimed at social and personal development, tackling issues such as knife crime and violence.

Having enjoyed his involvement to date, Kamil was part of the first cohort of the Sir Stanley Matthews programme, which ran from October 2018 until March 2019.

Delivered by the YCF and funded by the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, the programme sees the students combine 30 hours of coaching training as an ECB Coach Support Worker with personal development workshops and one-to-one mentoring included.

On the benefits of the scheme, Kamil said:

It has helped me because it’s not just about learning the game and how to play the game. It teaches you a bit more about leadership and conflict management. You can use that practice in other stuff that you can do – I’ve had to use it at college because we do quite a bit of group work. And back at CATCH when I’m team-leading sessions or leading my group of volunteers; I know there are different ways to be a leader.

Kamil also explained how his experiences to date make him want to help other young people in the future:

“My ultimate goal would be to setup another community centre in a deprived area of England. Apart from that I want to inspire one kid or one person into making a change, and it can happen from a small thing – from conversations or activities. I know this from my own life and the struggles I’ve had with it. One thing I’ve always promised myself is to try help the next person, like if I’ve got friends or family that have a young kid, I’d try to give them the opportunities and experiences that I didn’t have.”

For more information on the Wicketz programme, click here. Alternatively, you can email Ben.fraser@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

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