Pop Up Cricket Review
In 2015, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation developed another new and innovative project, Pop-Up Cricket. An offshoot of the county wide participation scheme, Enjoy Cricket, Pop-Up was designed to be run in specific locations. The centres were selected in conjunction with YCB Community Development Managers and local authority in each region of the county targeting areas of deprivation or remote locations where the opportunity to play and practice in a formal setting simply does not exist.
Working in partnership with the Charitable Youth Trust who funded the project, local authorities and primary schools to promote the courses and raise awareness of the 5 centres that were located in Craven, Leeds, Huddersfield, Hull and Sheffield. Each centre ran four, two hour coaching sessions across 4 weeks in the summer holidays; no need to sign-up, register or pay, all the participants needed to do was turn up and play.
Having the opportunity to identify specific communities ensured that Pop-Up Cricket could maximise the impact on those who attended. The results of this year’s project are very encouraging and we look forward to increasing the attendances and growing the project in 2016
Nick Robinson, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
Sessions were run by YCB Community and affiliated coaches and focussed on basic cricket skills to cater for all abilities with the emphasis on having fun.
In total, over 300 boys and girls attended the sessions with ages ranging from 5 years old up to 13. Some attendees were members of local cricket clubs; however 70% of the participants who attended were not affiliated with a club. After the 4 sessions, those participants who were interested in continuing to play were given information about some of the local clubs in their area.