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18 Jan

SAC Project Recruits 300 Volunteers

In just the first two years of the project, over 300 volunteers from local communities in Leeds and Bradford have been recruited and trained for a range of duties in Cricket.

All participants attending the coaching courses are asked to carry out voluntary work at local clubs and community organisations, resulting in over 1000 hours of voluntary being carried out by volunteers. Due to their under representation in the sport, the courses have particularly targeted women and have been successful in recruiting 6 women from South Asian communities.

Courses and workshops that were undertaken include: ECB Coaching Young People Level 2, Coach Support Workers Course, Cricket Activators Course, Umpires Level 1, First Aid Courses, Protecting Children in Cricket Workshops and Cricket Groudsman Pre-season Workshop.

Maryam Ali is among one of the many volunteers who attended the courses. Coming from a broken family she found it difficult to find stability and peace and wants to help other girls gain confidence and improve their self-esteem. Maryam took on a ‘Cricket Activators’ course and successfully completed her ‘Level 2 Cricket Coaching Course’ and now gives up her time to engage hard to reach young BME girls and has weekly sessions in community centres and a Mosque in Leeds. Maryam has attracted many girls into cricket who would not otherwise have access to the sport.

As a result of her work in Leeds and Bradford, Yorkshire Cricket Board awarded her with an OSCA in the young coach of the young coach category. Maryam’s efforts were also recognised by the prestigious Asian Cricket Awards in 2016, winning the Inspirational Award at the Kia Oval.

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