Background to Wicketz
Using cricket as a tool for change, Wicketz aims to change lives through cricket by engaging young people who live in communities where there are few opportunities to play the game regularly. Support will also be given to participants to develop crucial life skills such as tolerance, respect, teamwork and self-confidence alongside weekly cricket activity.
The Lord’s Taverners already successfully deliver the programme in London, Luton, Hartlepool, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Nottingham, Sussex, Plymouth and Leeds/Bradford. Greater Manchester is the latest area to benefit. To find out more about the national Wicketz programme please visit click here.
Wicketz in Manchester
Our programme will be delivered across three hub sites in Trafford, Salford and the city of Manchester, targeting 8-15 year olds from disadvantaged communities. Hub site locations will be selected following support from partners such as youth and community organisations, Greater Manchester Police and Housing Trusts amongst others, to ensure community buy-in and maximise the benefit. As this programme’s aim is to use cricket as a vehicle to improve, health, education and wider social outcomes for young people, getting the right community members on board who can help make it a success will be key.
We have started to reach out to young people who attend other youth and community activities, taking the game to young people in different settings. Hopefully this will grow numbers and mean additional sessions will be needed at each site, continuing their development into Hubs of cricketing activity benefiting more of the local community.
We were delighted that Lancashire County Cricket Club opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was able to launch our programme in early November 2017. Click here to read all about it. Haseeb was on hand again to welcome three local schools to Emirates Old Trafford recently and more information can be found here.
Two community sessions have been established in Manchester and Trafford and we’re working hard to secure the venue for our Salford Hub. The details of the established sessions are:
|Day||Time||Venue||Who for||More info|
|Mondays||4:00-6:00pm||Cedar Mount Academy, Gorton||Ages 11-15||View PDF|
|Saturdays||10:00-11:30am||Old Trafford Sports Barn||Ages 8-11||View PDF|