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7 Jan

Cricket and charity: YCF opening its arms to refugees

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) has partnered with local organisations in the region to support Afghanistan refugees.

The Foundation will continue to host a number of cricket sessions across Yorkshire for refugees that moved to the county since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last year.

Recent cricket coaching sessions were hosted in Scarborough in December, providing the refugees with the opportunity to play the sport they love, while helping them integrate into society and socialise.

Outlets like cricket sessions are vital because they allow people to take a break from the challenges they are facing so they can do something fun and enjoyable – Jake Littleton, a Community Activator for the YCF

The sessions are thanks to a partnership between YCF, alongside a number of organisations including Mein Charity, World Cup Legacy organisation and Yorkshire Cricket Board.

Jake Littleton, a Community Activator for YCF, said: “Here at the Foundation, we are committed to making a difference and do our bit in helping support the Afghan refugees.

“Outlets like cricket sessions are vital because they allow people to take a break from the challenges they are facing so they can do something fun and enjoyable.”

More than 150 refugees families in Scarborough have been supported through the sessions, which have included Tapeball games and Enjoy Cricket fun – two of the YCF’s Participation theme programmes – since they moved to the town on the North Sea coast.

For the future a number of sessions will run this year and bats and balls will be handed out to refugee children in Scarborough this week.

While the charity partnership aims to also provide education and coaching opportunities for the refugees.

The World Cup Legacy is aiding 15 refugees to start a work based 12-week course with Askham Bryan College, in York.

While the Foundation is aiming to support roughly 10 refugees on a Foundation Level 1 English Cricket Board (ECB) coaching course funded by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) Youth Charitable Trust.

Jake added: “We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership to help facilitate further opportunities for others who are rebuilding their lives in the county.”

Previously the Foundation helped run a special event in Leeds welcoming Afghan refugees to the city, alongside Leeds City Council, Leeds-based charity Give a Gift, and Leeds United Community Foundation.

Roughly 140 refugees were welcomed at the event Infinity Centre, in Harehills, in November last year, which included cricket and football activities led by the YCF.

For more information about the work YCF is doing to support Afghan refugees or to get involved, email Jake Littleton, a Community Activator for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on:

Email: jake.littleton@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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