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18 Jan

YCF launch pilot to tackle health inequalities

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative to help tackle health inequalities in South Yorkshire communities.

Residents in Sheffield are being offered a number of free, community-based cricket programmes, to help improve their health.

The six-month pilot, in collaboration with English Cricket Board (ECB) and the Government Kick-Start scheme, will initially be rolled out in the Fir Vale area of the city with the long-term aim to expand to a number of areas that have a higher prevalence of serious health issues.

Pictured, women taking part in Cardio Cricket sessions in Leeds. The sessions – which combine fitness, basic cricket related exercises alongside playing fun cricket games – will be established in Sheffield alongside a number of other cricket based programmes.

Hamzah Hussain, a Community Development Officer for YCF, who will help deliver the programmes in Sheffield, said: “I aim to tackle the major issues of health inequality by creating the spaces and opportunities to make cricket playable all year round.

“It is also about making cricket affordable, accessible and appealing to everyone.

“Initially I have a focus on the Fir Vale area but hopefully after these six months we can then expand to help support more locations in Sheffield where health inequalities are high.

“We are hoping this pilot will be able to showcase to potential funders and partners the need and sustainable growth for Sheffield’s diverse communities work.”

Pictured, Hamzah Hussain, a Community Development Officer for YCF, who will help deliver the programmes in Sheffield.

As part of the initiative the Foundation will run a five-week indoor soft-ball Cricket league in the area, while Cardio Cricket sessions – which combine fitness, basic cricket related exercises alongside playing fun cricket games – will be established.

A flagship Tapeball tournament – that showcases a modified tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape that gives the ball greater weight, speed and distance while still being easier to play with than the conventional cricket ball – will also run.

The new venture is part of the YCF’s Core Cities programme – run in conjunction with the English Cricket Board’s (ECB) action plan to engage South Asian communities – which aims to increase participation in formal and informal games of Cricket as well as training and recruiting volunteers from local communities.

We are hoping this pilot will be able to showcase to potential funders and partners the need and sustainable growth for Sheffield’s diverse communities work – Hamzah Hussain, a Community Development Officer for YCF

The pilot, in partnership with Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB), follows successful Core City programmes rolled out in Leeds and Bradford by YCF.

Previously YCB have carried out a number of vital projects and programmes in the South Yorkshire area for more than 10 years around engaging local communities to take part in cricket.

Through this work YCB identified that there is a greater need for more work to be done and will work in partnership with the Foundation to push impact in South Yorkshire communities to the next level.

Sohail Raz, Diverse Communities Manager for YCF, said: “Here at the Foundation, we are committed to helping tackling heath inequalities using the power of Cricket as a hook.

“Our expansion into Sheffield is just the start of the positive work we want to support in South Yorkshire.”

The six-month funded pilot will run until June and for more information about the work YCF is doing in Sheffield or to get involved, email Hamzah Hussain, a Community Development Officer for YCF, on:

E: hamzah.hussain@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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