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2 Nov

Wicketz Wednesday: October round-up with our team

It’s been a busy October for our Wicketz Yorkshire team, in partnership with Lord Taverners,

The Wicketz programme – supporting young people aged 8-19 years old – aims to make a lasting positive effect on those living in low socio-economic areas in Bradford, Leeds and Hull, using Cricket as the hook.

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

We caught up with Matthew Crookes, our Wicketz officer across Bradford and Leeds and Rick Robinson, our Wicketz officer in Hull to find out what they’ve been up to in October.

Jack and Louise from GamCare did an amazing job of integrating the workshop within an active and fun cricket session. – Matthew Crookes, our Wicketz officer for Leeds and Bradford

Wicketz – Leeds/ Bradford

It’s been a busy month with weekly sessions taking place across our three hub locations; Trinity Academy Leeds, Grange Interlink and Karmand Community Centre. We have had over 30 different participants take part in our sessions this month, with great fun had by all.

Highlight of the month

We ran a fantastic educational workshop with GamCare, an independent UK charity, at one of our sessions on Tuesday 18th October at Grange Interlink. The life skills workshop focused on the possible risks and effects of gambling in young people.

Jack and Louise from GamCare did an amazing job of integrating the workshop within an active and fun cricket session. All our participants really enjoyed it and took away some important learnings that I’m sure they will remember!

Coming up in November

Our weekly session schedule for this month:

. Monday’s 5pm-7pm = Trinity Academy, Leeds (LS9 7QL)
. Tuesday’s 5pm-7pm = Grange Interlink, Bradford (BD7 1PX)
. Friday’s 6pm-8pm = Karmand Community Centre, Bradford (BD3 9EP)


Wicketz Hull returned indoors during October, with more than 20 participants for the first session back at Kelvin Hall. Many of which have been with us over the summer as well as several new attendees all enjoying the Wicketz session.

Our weekly session at St Richards Primary school continues to grow and provide regular opportunity for children in the East area. Over the October half term Wicketz supported local partners JD Sports Development with a two day Enjoy Cricket camp, many who come to Wicketz and hopefully a few new faces off the back of these sessions.

There are also exciting times ahead for Wicketz Hull as we look to start another hub before Christmas so make sure to watch out for this!

Coming up in November

Our weekly session schedule for this month:

Wednesday’s 5:30pm – 7pm = Kelvin Hall School, Hull (HU5 4QH)

Wicketz Player of the month

The October Wicketz Player of the Month is 11-year-old Hashim!

Hashim has attended all four of our sessions at Grange Interlink this month, and he has shown great levels of effort and improvement.

Hashim joined our programme back in June, and since then he has improved his cricket skills massively! Over the last four weeks we’ve really seen Hashim’s confidence grow, not only is he helping his fellow participants, but he’s also started to help our coaches set up and pack away, this help has been hugely appreciated and it’s not gone unnoticed.

Hashim also showed great engagement during our GamCare workshop, asking some great questions and giving his all during the activities.

Pictured above, our Wicketz Player of the Month Hashim.

Keep an eye out for our monthly Wicketz catch-ups and if you’re interested in getting involved in our Wicketz programme, please contact:

Leeds & Bradford – Matthew Crookes

Hull – Rick Robinson


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