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There are 3.7 million children in the UK living in poverty. That’s 28% of children.
For many of these young people, there is a distinct lack of locally accessible and high-quality facilities for cricket in the community. Lord’s Taverners’ ‘Wicketz’ programme channels the power of cricket as a tool for change, social cohesion and making a difference to the lives of people in deprived areas.
We work in partnership with Lord’s Taverners to deliver a community program in Hartlepool, which was first launched in 2015. The reasons for choosing Hartlepool were because of; very low levels of engagement in sport (26.1%), limited grass pitch facilities, very low number of active cricket clubs (2 active clubs with junior sections)
The project entails regular weekly sessions in Hartlepool, ran by our qualified coaches. Children can attend the sessions free of charge and develop their cricket skills and lifestyle habits.
One of our recent successes was taking a group of children to the Lords Taverners Annual Summer Festival to compete in the three-day competition and attend life skills workshops.
For the two years in which the project has been running, it has progressed to the launch of a hardball session available by invitation only from October.
Alongside that we also have two open softball sessions. The sessions start in October and will run in two venues – Brierton Sports Centre and Millhouse Sports Centre.