Pop Up Cricket 2016
Pop Up Cricket invites children between the ages of 6 and 13, to free cricket sessions, held in three local venues across Leeds.
Funded by the Charitable Youth Trust and working with Flicx who have donated a 2G pitch, the sessions, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the last three weeks, targeted communities in areas of deprivation, focusing on children who may not have had the opportunity or means to play cricket before.
Held at Banstead Park, Norma Hutchinson Park and Cross Flatts Park, the purpose of having the sessions at local parks and fields ensured that they were held in the heart of local communities, making sure that the sessions are inclusive to all, with no barriers to participation, such as travel costs.
The sessions, Led by Ghulam Rafique, Marayan Ali and Sadia Hussain, who completed their ECB level 1 coaching qualifications last year, were completely free to all children participating and welcomed all walks of life.
Attracting children from different backgrounds, ethnicities and genders, the cricket coaching introduced cricket to new audiences who may not have had the opportunity to play before, with an impressive turn out of around 60 children in attendance for each day!
It’s been fantastic to see the different communities have the opportunity to play cricket in their local parks. The enthusiasm shown for the game and spirit shown during the sessions demonstrates how powerful sport can be in bringing communities together. -Nick Robinson, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation