Designed to tackle disadvantage, Wicketz is a year-round, weekly, free community cricket programme for children living in deprived areas across the UK. Each of the 19 projects deals with issues in the local area, from health and wellbeing concerns to police and safety problems. Participants come along for the cricket and stay for the team building, leadership and personal development opportunities.
Each Wicketz project has a dedicated Development Officer responsible for the initiation and running of several local hubs within the area. We work closely with county cricket boards and local partners to identify target areas and develop the projects, and the Development Officer builds trust with the community and young people who come along to the sessions, many of whom are from hard-to-reach groups, including young offenders, refugees and excluded pupils.
Children from deprived backgrounds experience worse life outcomes across the board, with lower attainment levels, higherrates of unemployment, worse physical and mental health and a greater likelihood of never escaping poverty. By providing free regular sports activity, augmented by key life skills workshops, we help our participants develop an understanding of their own wellbeing, contribute to their focus in school and encourage them to think beyond their immediate circumstances. Our participants come from incredibly diverse backgrounds, but we’re immensely proud to say we work with significant numbers of young people who don’t normally engage with or enjoy sport – especially Asian children and girls of all nationalities.
Designed to tackle disadvantage, Wicketz is a community cricket programme for children facing severe deprivation across the UK. Each of the 19 projects deals with issues in the local area, from health and wellbeing concerns to police and safety problems. Participants come along for the cricket and stay for the teambuilding, leadership and personal development opportunities.