Abdus Salaam, aged 17, is part of the Wicketz project in Luton. He first got involved with the project in the summer of 2016, and quickly became a leader and positive role model for the younger players.
Abdus witnessed domestic violence in his early life which led to severe anger management issues and the temptation to take what he describes as a ‘bad path’.
He was introduced to sport, initially as a way to overcome this and has learned not only to manage his own emotions but also to diffuse arguments between others with sensitivity and maturity. Being part of the Wicketz programme has seen him not only improve as a player, but also a coach and mentor – encouraging his peers to join him on the cricket pitch rather than take an alternative path.
Sport and the benefits he has gained from playing have become a way of life for Abdus and he is determined to share.
“If sport helped me, it can help anyone – sport can help people in their future and give them a better life.” -Abdus
Dan Wilson (Luton Wicketz Development Officer) has seen first hand the positive impact Wicketz has had on Abdus.
“He came to Wicketz with limited cricket skills but very quickly thrived and is now helping to coach, playing successfully in the senior team and most importantly recognised by parents as taking on a strong leadership and mentoring role within the Wicketz team. He always turns up with a smile on his face, is respectful and enthusiastic. If Abdus keeps progressing as he is, the possibilities are endless for him.” – Dan Wilson
Abdus is just at the beginning of his journey and Wicketz is only a part of it. He is now studying at college and has completed a cricket coaching qualification.
In addition he is asked to speak publicly about the Wicketz programme and also goes to schools and colleges with the police to help dissuade young people from making the wrong decisions.
He says: “Luton needs leaders – if people can develop leadership skills in themselves they can help others to become leaders.”
The journey Abdus has taken is a shining example of how the programme can positively impact its participants and their community. Abdus has recently added an Outstanding Service to Cricket Award (Young Volunteer – Bedfordshire) to a number of others he has won.
Wicketz Yorkshire is offically launching on Saturday 2nd December, with the hope of helping people just like Abdus.
The Karmand Community Centre (address below) will be offering up the first slice of the action for the Wicketz Yorkshire Launch on Saturday 2nd December. The first session for ages 8-11 will run at 12-2pm and the second session for ages 12-16 will run from 2-4pm. There will then be a buffet, with a selection of hot and cold foods.
Join us on 2nd December, between 12-4pm at:
The Karmand Community Centre
For more information about Wicketz, please contact Ben via firstname.lastname@example.org