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16 May

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Junior Vikings Day

This Sunday’s fixture between Yorkshire Vikings and Warwickshire at Emerald Headingley will be the ‘Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s Junior Vikings Day’.

As well as being able to watch the Vikings’ first home Royal London One-day Cup game, supporters will also be able to take part in a range of different family activities in the ground.

Take part in the catching inflatable, meet Vinnie the Viking, get your face painted and go home with a family photo in our four-theme photo booth, all whilst learning about some of the Foundation’s fantastic work.

Raffle tickets will be on sale from the YCF gazebo and museum, available at £2 a strip, and can be exchanged for a go on each of the activities (5 goes per strip). All money raised will go to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s great work in the community.

What’s more, throughout the day, the YCF have also invited service users from a range of our projects to take part in in the day to showcase our community work. The Guard of Honour flag-bearers will be formed by the YCF’s very own Catch Up Club, a group of older adults who form part of the Yorkshire Social Club. Groups from our Diverse Communities work will be competing during the interval, in a Bradford V Leeds Kwik Cricket match and our activations will be manned by the Yorkshire Cricket College students.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF), the charity arm of the Club, work tirelessly in the community to provide opportunities for a wide range of people across the region. Their work focuses on four main themes, each of which will be displayed at Emerald Headingley in various ways.


The Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing work aims to support people in Yorkshire’s communities to lead healthier and happier lives. Projects in this area focus on improving mental and physical health, social, community and individual development. The Foundation currently work with neighbourhood networks to provide facilitated sessions to older adults living with mental health conditions as well as community health providers, to deliver health checks to staff and spectators across the season.


YCF’s Education theme aims to provide high quality learning and teaching opportunities as a means for providing a better future for our communities. Each project that falls under this theme uses the brand of Yorkshire Cricket to inspire children in Yorkshire. Their Education projects include the Yorkshire Cricket College, which began in September 2017 and Cricket in the Classroom, a flagship project which has been running since 2011 and engages with over 3,000 children per year.


Working under the Yorkshire Cricket banner, the Foundation’s Participation theme aims to provide a wide variety of opportunities for individuals and communities to engage in physical activity. Going beyond just cricket, the YCF’s participation projects work in predominately deprived, under-privileged and typically non-cricketing areas, working with people of all ages to give them access to all the social and health benefits that sport can bring.


The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation care for, manage, develop and promote Yorkshire Cricket’s rich history and heritage, and use this to support the Foundation’s and Yorkshire Cricket’s ambitions. Heritage underpins project work, proving not only insight into Yorkshire’s history but also stories about its contemporary heritage. The Foundation deliver stadium tours, showcase Yorkshire’s heritage in the Yorkshire Cricket Museum and more recently, were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund, to run a community project engaging with local cricket clubs: Yorkshire Cricket Heritage: a lasting legacy.

To find out more about the work of the Foundation or how you can support, click here


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