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Cricket Foundation

Yorkshire Social Club

As the population ages, it is important to ensure there are still opportunities for those who identify as older adults to engage with their community.

Dementia Friends
We are dedicated to ensuring staff and volunteers are trained as dementia friends regularly. By “Working to Become Dementia Friendly” we want to create a welcoming environment at Emerald Headingley so that anyone who comes through the gates is provided with the right level of care and respect.

Catch Up Club
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Leeds Peer Support Service work in partnership to create an experience to connect people to their love of cricket. Catch Up Club provides facilitated sessions for people living with dementia and their partners/friends to be involved in the cricket experience.
Sessions vary from sporting reminiscence sessions to tai chi and take place at Emerald Headingley Stadium. Whatever the session, there’s tea and biscuits involved.
Visits to YCCC started in January 2015 and has flourished since, creating a strong support network for sports and more specifically cricket supporters who live with dementia.

Match Day Experience
Each year, the YCF look to provide those seeking more social opportunities the chance to watch Yorkshire County Cricket Club play at Headingley Cricket Ground, free of charge. Those who receive tickets for games either already attend one of the YCF’s groups, or are members of local neighbourhood network services and social action groups.
This offer has proven successful, with hundreds of people taking up the offer of tickets each year.

More details on the Match Day Experience 2023 invite here.

Loop in the Community To increase physical activity provision, the YCF have been provided with Table Tennis equipment through the “Loop in the Community” programme established by Table Tennis England. The programme aims to put table tennis where people already meet.
Table tennis provides a form of physical activity that greatly improves mobility and co-ordination, but also has a unique effect on cognitive health in those with impairments.

Sporting Memories Network
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and the Sporting Memories Network are working in partnership to deliver Sporting Memories reminiscence sessions to older adults across Leeds. Using the profile and history of Yorkshire Cricket along with Sporting Memories resource packs, the sessions are delivered to older adults who may be living with dementia, mental health disorders, or who are at risk of being socially isolated.

Men’s Social Club
We have teamed up with Woodsley Primary Care Network and Older Wiser Local Seniors to set up a weekly men’s social club that meet up to chat all things Yorkshire – sport, travel, transport and more! Meeting at Emerald Headingley Cricket Grounds, the group have the opportunity for a cuppa and catch up with like-minded individuals.

For more information about the Yorkshire Social Club, please contact Beth on