Community Activities update: Winter 2020
Our Community Team has continued its hard work to provide activities across the local area despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic
An update on the activities of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation's Community Team between September and December.
- Our Wicketz programme has been running Zoom sessions to engage participants, young people have been joined by a range of current and former players and preparing questions to ask them
- The group were joined by Warren Hegg who gave an insight into the business of cricket, which helped participants relate the industry to what they are studying through their A-Level Business Studies course.
- Wicketz has also run virtual sessions with Karl Brown, Jack Morley and Tom Hartley as well as a book review with Neil Henley, author of Outside Edge, a fictional cricket book for young people
- Outside delivery has been limited due to COVID. In the face of the pandemic, the programme still managed to run a tournament for over 25 young people in Trafford in October.
- Our activators visited six schools to distribute Christmas presents and books to over 75 underprivileged families in East Manchester
- Continued delivery via Zoom including an online Q&A with Lancashire and Yorkshire batsmen, Rob Jones and Will Fraine.
- Participants also enjoyed a special virtual martial arts session via Zoom
- Despite the elements, Super 1s Bolton Hub managed to enjoy an outdoor cricket session in December
- Young people continued to make a difference in their local community by volunteering in Salford and Trafford
- Lancashire Cricket Foundation was able to deliver face-to-face half-term activities with our young people
- 22 young people graduated from the programme in November
Girls Without Boundaries
- Girls Without Boundaries has run 15 hour-long Zoom sessions from September to December
- The number of girls feeling confident enough to take part in the Zoom sessions has grown each week
- The girls have formed a close and supportive social bubble where they feel more confident to talk about their experiences
- During the second lockdown in November, participants were able to help each other with challenges they faced and the feelings of loneliness
- 76 virtual Sporting Memories sessions have taken place via Zoom since the first lockdown in April
- Members from the Trafford and Salford groups have been invited to join in every Thursday or Friday
- The group's been joined by special guests to share their career stories and memories such as Warren Hegg, Brian Carney, Chris Foy, Jonny Gould and the Salford Red Devils Foundation
- This has enabled group members, some of whom have been shielding and live alone, to continue to take part in regular sessions to chat, reminisce, take part in quizzes and have something to look forward to each week