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1 Aug

YCF Launch Yorkshire Cricket Hertiage: Building a legacy

Telling the Story of Local Cricket via Reminiscence & Education

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, official charity and community arm, is delighted to announce that it has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £89,300 for an exciting heritage project, Yorkshire Cricket Heritage: Reminiscence & Education – Building a Legacy, across Leeds and Bradford areas.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the rich heritage of league cricket in the conurbation(s) of Bradford and Leeds. The heritage of local cricket clubs is hugely important; it represents a record of living history. This project will enable Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to develop relationships with clubs in these areas, whilst helping them preserve and share their unique heritage, sharing it with the communities they serve. It will unlock the potential of this heritage for public benefit.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local young people and older people to explore the rich heritage of local cricket spanning urban and rural areas, irrespective of cultural diversity or different ethnicities – all are important in telling the stories of the community. The aim is to preserve, protect and celebrate the diverse heritage of local cricket clubs across the county, with an emphasis on clubs in Leeds and Bradford.

The memorabilia and heritage held by these clubs will be brought to life and shared with the wider community through two key activity strands:
• Engagement with young people academically at primary, secondary and college levels to complement history lessons and other curricular activity, encompassing issues like teamwork, mutual respect and sportsmanship;
• Attract older people and those living with dementia to participate in reminiscence sessions in a variety of locations: care homes, cricket clubs and other relevant venues and groups, working alongside specialist delivery partners.

Under its headline aim – Communities Without Boundaries – the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation works with people of all ages and backgrounds. It has a strong track-record and growing reputation in delivering diverse community-focused enterprises. As part of this project, people will learn more about local communities using cricket heritage as the catalyst.

Cricket clubs include some of the best local examples of living history and are powerful conduits for telling the stories of their communities. The well-being and education strands build on successful activities delivered during the Foundation’s previous NLHF pilot project. They aim to address issues of dementia, depression and loneliness by delivering reminiscence sessions for older people and using local cricket history to inspire KS2 and KS3 children in cross-curricular classroom learning, and in school assemblies.

Commenting on the award, Paul Goodman, Heritage Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will have a positive impact on many people of all ages across the areas, bringing the heritage of local cricket to the forefront and promoting an understanding of how our wider society has developed over time, using cricket as the catalyst to achieve this”.

David Renwick, Area Director North, National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We are delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we can support Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to preserve, protect and celebrate this crucial part of the local community’s sporting heritage, acknowledging its impact on Leeds and Bradford and promoting better understanding in the wider community.”

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