Worcestershire Cricket has teamed up with Worcester Community Trust (WCT) to introduce new sports to 5-8-year-olds in Worcestershire. The All Stars Cricket programme will provide cricket based activities to up to100 local children living in the community where they can take part in structured activity after school whilst also being provided with dinner.
The scheme allows the children from non-traditional cricket families to be introduced to the sport, as well as developing team building, social interaction and key movement skills. Earlier in August, Worcester Community Trust and Worcestershire Cricket put together a taster session for participation of the local children, to demonstrate what to expect this month once the programme begins.
Tom Raymond- Hill, Cricket Development Directorat Worcestershire Cricket had this to say about the new partnership:
“We’re delighted to be working with Worcester Community Trust to provide their children with the opportunity to enjoy All Stars Cricket. This couldn’t come at a better time given the recent World Cup success and our opportunity to inspire a generation. The funds raised through the Worcestershire Cobham Cricket Trust were generated from 18 businesses taking part in Street6’s on 1st July. So, thank you to the local business community for helping provide opportunities to young people across our county.”
All Stars Cricket, an ECB program, provides each child with their own bag, bat, ball, cap and personalised t-shirt for distribution by each participating centre. Working alongside Worcester Community Trust and with integral funding from Children in Need, 100 children in the areas of Ronkswood, Warndon, Tolladine and Dines Green will be spending one hour a week for 8 weeks taking part in sports and exercise.
Worcester Community Trust CEO,Ruth Heywood, said about working with Worcestershire Cricket:
“The Trust are thrilled to be working closely with Worcestershire Cricket to provide a new activity to young people who may never have played the sport of cricket before. We are very grateful to the local businesses who supported the Street 6’s event in the summer to enable our young people this wonderful opportunity. We are keen to continue working with local businesses to enable the Trust to deliver more for our communities.”
Another huge supporter of the programme is Cobham Trust, alocal charity passionate about changing lives through cricket. Cobham Trust works to spread the power and influence of cricket, creating communities and lifelong friendships. Supported by Lord Mervyn King and Viscount Cobham, the trust simply exists to spread the power of cricket and change lives through the beautiful game. Cricket has the power to create lifelong friendships and to shape communities. It is a game that can unite communities and teach young people valuable lessons about themselves and life in general. About winning, losing, teamwork, about being fiercely competitive whilst also respecting your opponent.
The Ronkswood Community Centre will also be catering for children with additional needs, for example Autism and ADHD. This centre will allow for these children to be prioritised and support them in developing these key skills, whilst ensuring they remain active.
WCT Youth Worker, Adam Bigford, works directly with the children in the programme and said this:
“It’s all about having fun and making sure the kids are getting exercise. Seeing their smiles, providing them with opportunities that they otherwise may not get and educating them so that they understand what they’re doing, is really all that matters”.
To find out more about the Worcester Community Trust and the All Stars Cricket Programme, or to make a donation to the Trust, then please visit the website https://www.worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk