Everyone – regardless of background, age, ethnicity and location – should have the opportunity to play sport. Cricket can sometimes be confined to more rural areas, or the leafier suburbs, and not everyone has always had the chance to play cricket. Schemes like Wicketz look to redress that, and bring cricket hubs to areas that had previously missed out.

Wicketz

Wicketz is a community cricket programme aimed at young people aged 8-16 living in under-privileged areas and hard-to-reach groups without access to sporting opportunities – and the myriad of benefits sport can bring. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, it provides year-round weekly sessions with a focus on developing crucial life skills as well as cricketing skills. The programme seeks to:

  • Develop participant’s physical and mental well-being
  • Promote positive life choices
  • Enhance the future prospects of participants
  • Increase community cohesion
  • Create sustainable community club environments

It’s easy to forget sometimes what a powerful tool and force for good sport really is. Wicketz tackles issues that negatively affect its participants and communities. Through sport, it improves prospects of participants by developing their social and personal skills such as leadership, communication and self-esteem.

In 2017, Wicketz delivered over 550 weekly coaching sessions in 10 locations around the UK, and nearly 600 young people were regular participants. The programme has expanded this year with new projects launching in Bradford/Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Plymouth. In addition to those new projects, the Lord’s Taverners deliver the programme in Birmingham, Bristol, Hartlepool, Leicester, London, Luton, Nottingham and Sussex.

For more details about the programme please contact Dan Wilson on 0203 889 7516 or via email on dan.wilson@lordstaverners.org.

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