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3 Apr

YCF Covid-19 National Lottery Heritage Fund Update

Telling the story of local cricket via Reminiscence & Education, in July 2019 the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £89,300. This was to deliver an exciting heritage project known as Yorkshire Cricket Heritage: Reminiscence & Education – Building a Legacy, across Leeds and Bradford areas.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the rich heritage of league cricket in the conurbation(s) of Bradford and Leeds. The heritage of local cricket clubs is hugely important; it represents a record of living history.

This project is enabling the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to develop relationships with clubs in these areas, whilst helping them preserve and share their unique heritage, sharing it with the communities they serve. The foundation has been in touch with up to 100 clubs in the area, with 15 clubs coming on board with the project.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local young people and older people to explore the rich heritage of local cricket spanning urban and rural areas. Irrespective of cultural diversity or different ethnicities – all are important in telling the stories of the community. The aim is to preserve, protect and celebrate the diverse heritage of local cricket clubs across the county, with an emphasis on clubs in Leeds and Bradford.

Under the Foundation’s vision – Community without boundaries – the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation works with people of all ages and backgrounds. It has a strong track-record and growing reputation in delivering diverse community-focused enterprises. As part of this project, people will learn more about local communities using cricket heritage as the catalyst.

Cricket clubs include some of the best local examples of living history and are powerful conduits for telling the stories of their communities. Well-being and education strands within the venture build on successful activities delivered during the Foundation’s previous HLF-funded pilot project. They address issues of dementia, depression and loneliness by delivering reminiscence sessions for older people and using local cricket history to inspire KS2 and KS3 children in cross-curricular learning programmes and in-school activity.

Commenting on the project and the current situation amid Covid-19, Chris Chatten, Project Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said: “We have put a great deal of work into engaging with local cricket clubs in both Leeds and Bradford post code areas giving them the tools to share and celebrate their rich heritage.

We are delighted with the positive and proactive volunteers who have come forward to ensure the project delivers its aims and objectives, and more important leaves a legacy for their clubs.

We have already delivered some training to our volunteers in terms of setting up sporting reminiscence sessions, liaising with people living with dementia and an introduction to archiving (delivered by project partners – West Yorkshire Archives Service). Our education suppliers (Sporting Heritage) are liaising with engaged clubs regarding the development of educational resources which are to be delivered in local primary schools and other educational establishments.

However, as a direct result of the challenges arising from the current Coronavirus crisis, we have been compelled to revisit and revise our project plan to vary the delivery, examining the possibilities of using modern technology to deliver further training online and investigate the possibilities of digital educational delivery to young people and innovative ways to hold online reminiscence sessions.

We are also examining the resource legacy, which will subsequently enable local schools in the areas served by the participating clubs to develop in-school activities and programmes”.

Information on the project’s progression will be regularly released on the charity’s website and through social media channels.


Notes to Editors

About the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is the official charity and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It is a Registered Charity delivering community projects across the county. Using the power of cricket, the Foundation aims to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of those living in Yorkshire. In delivering its work, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation works closely with Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the Yorkshire Cricket Board, Pro Coach and other key partners and stakeholders to make a positive impact on all sectors of society.


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About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

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Further information

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