Pop Up Cricket heads to Hudds!
Pop-Up Cricket aims to introduce the game to children between the age of 6 and 13 who may not have had the opportunity, resources or facilities to pick up a bat and ball and play Cricket in the past, by operating a ‘Pop -up’ format in local parks and green spaces.
We have predominately run Pop Up Cricket across Leeds and Bradford. This summer school holiday, we took Pop Up Cricket to Huddersfield! The sessions key aim was to get children active by using cricket skills, drills and games this summer.
The pop up sessions took place in Greenhead park which, just outside the town centre, is very much the heart of the community. The sessions ran every Monday for four weeks where a total number of 119 occasions of cricket took place. The sessions were led by Yorkshire Cricket Foundation community coach, Shannon, who is from Huddersfield.
Participants were our most diverse group to date, with a mix of male and females, as well as a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
The sessions were so busy, that we split the court into two sections – an older and younger group, with the oldest being 13 and the youngest just 3.
The older ones played a game of cricket using the equipment provided, and the younger ones had lots of fun playing cricket-based games and activities. Some Mums and dads even got involved in some of the batting drills too! The support from parents and guardians was incredible, who enjoyed days out at the park with picnics whilst watching the cricket.
There was a lot of excitement from the kids, largely due to the world cup and England being crowned champions. 20 of the children received a free bat and ball, courtesy of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, for attending at least three out of the four sessions. In addition, parents and guardians were given a list of cricket clubs based on their postcode, she any children want to take up cricket further!
To find out more about Pop Up Cricket, contact Kendal.James@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com or for information on how you can support or partner with this project, contact Charlotte.Jones@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.