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4 Sep

How Wicketz has supported young people this Summer

It’s been a busy Summer for our Wicketz programme in partnership with Lord Taverners.

Our Wicketz programme aims to make a lasting positive effect on those living in low socio-economic areas in Yorkshire, using Cricket as the hook.

The programme gets children off the streets and into cricket as well as working on community cohesion through a number of different activities.

By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, we provide year-round weekly cricket sessions for youngsters with a focus on developing crucial life skills.

We caught -up with our Wicketz team Rick Robinson, who delivers the programme across Hull and Matthew Crookes who runs Wicketz in Leeds and Bradford…


Repton Residential (under-15’s boys)
8th – 10th August 2022

At the beginning of August our Wicketz Development Officers Matthew Crookes and Rick Robinson took 10 young participants from Wicketz Bradford, and seven young participants from Wicketz Hull to the Lord’s Taverners annual residential at Repton School in Derbyshire.

Our young people had an amazing time on the trip with the opportunity to play in cricket competitions and interact with their peers from other Wicketz programmes across the country.

The participates also took part in a range of life-skills workshops, including a team building session delivered by the Royal Navy, a money management session delivered by PEN, and an opportunity to experience a visually impaired cricket game.

We received really positive feedback from the young people on the trip as they enjoyed making new friends, developing skills on and off the cricket pitch and learning new things about other cultures and places!

Malvern Residential (over-15’s boys)
15th – 17th August 2022

Wicketz Hull attended the first Lords Taverners Residential for over 15’s boys at the Prestigious Malvern College, Worcester.

Sat just below the picturesque Malvern Hills, Malvern College with a steep cricketing heritage, was the home for 59 regular wicketz participants from six different city projects (Southampton, Hull, West Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow and Luton).

The residential kicked off with several different workshops which included awareness around visual impairment and the inclusion and diversity that cricket brings and how to adapt that into life scenarios.

There was then opportunity for the boys to practice in the state-of-the-art net facilities while getting to know their new teammates from around the UK.

After this the boys had the chance to arrange and take part in their own tape ball competition on the evening with some great skills on show.

The second day brought the start of the tournaments (one intermediate and one advanced competition) using both excellent pitches Malvern have on campus.

In between the matches the groups took part in an introduction to first aid workshop, which provided ways of dealing with cuts, bleeds and how to deal with shock. All vital life skills and can be used in everyday life.

Following this they then took part in a coach development workshop, a great way for future coaches and leaders to showcase their skills. The focus on how to set the session out and catering for different ability levels. The last day brought the play offs for the finals, along with the finals before the awards were given out and the 6 projects headed back to their cities.

Beach Cricket

7th August 2022 – 8-12 year-olds

Roughly 65 young people from the YCF’s community programmes attended our annual Beach Cricket event in Scarborough. Participants were from our core cities programmes in Leeds and Bradford as well as our Wicketz programmes in Bradford and Hull.

The day began at North Marine Road, where all our participants received a complimentary ticket to watch the one-day cup game between Yorkshire and Worcestershire. After watching an enjoyable two hours play, the team made their way to South Bay, to begin the beach cricket tournament and pick up some famous seaside fish and chips. There were eight teams in total, and everyone had the opportunity to play against each other.


23rd August – 13-16 year olds

Later in the month we hosted a similar day for older participants, with 40 young people competing in the beach cricket tournament at South Bay while also getting the chance to taste Scarborough’s finest fish and chips.

Once the cricket was complete, the participants all took part in a beach clean-up, picking up as much plastic and rubbish as possible. Here the Foundation participation team stressed importance of keeping plastic out of the ocean, and how much of a damaging impact it can have on the environment.

In the afternoon, all participants received a ticket to watch the Yorkshire versus Hampshire one day game at North Marine Road before coming home.

All the young participants had an amazing time playing, meeting new friends, and enjoying cricket in the Scarborough sunshine.

A special mention and a huge thanks also goes to MKM for sponsoring the event and making it possible.

Wicketz sessions

To find out more about our Wicketz programme, please see contacts below:

Leeds & Bradford – Matthew Crookes

Hull – Rick Robinson


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