Wicketz Bristol provides free cricket delivery to girls and boys aged 8 – 16 in the heart of their communities.
What is Wicketz
Wicketz Bristol is part of a national programme set up by the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. Wicketz provides free cricket to children aged 8 – 16 who are experiencing a variety of social and economic challenges. Wicketz offers a package of free community support including coaching sessions, equipment, non-turf pitches, festivals and local competitions.
Using cricket as a tool, Wicketz Bristol looks to educate their participants in life skills such as team work, communication and leadership skills. These skills increase confidence and have positive knock-on effects socially and educationally. Wicketz has also partnered with Sports Leaders UK to offer skills and qualifications which can contribute to UCAS points and employability.
There is an incentive scheme at Wicketz Bristol. We reward those who are committed with wristbands, T-shirts and training balls. Those who are truly dedicated could get the opportunity to train at The Brightside Ground. Participants are coached by qualified and professional cricket coaches, with the occasional appearance from the Gloucestershire County players.
Festivals and Local Competitions
Each half term, Wicketz Bristol has it’s ‘Powerplay 6s’; six teams of six players taking part in a cricket skills competition and a tournament, which even Mayor Rees took part in during summer half term 2017.
In August 2017, Wicketz Bristol organised one of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s largest foundation cricket festivals, Nando’s CricFest; a two day cricket festival held at the Brightside Ground, home to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Here 70 budding young cricketers had the opportunity to train and compete on the outfield, and pose questions to the county players who also signed autographs. Participants were given a goodie bag with cricketing mementos of the day, which included a free ticket to two NatWest T20 Blast games.
Wicketz Bristol also organises it’s own inter-hub matches, where recently Wicket Bristol Knowle and Southmead hubs played a pairs cricket match. These games not only put the training that takes place at the hubs into a context but also develops sportsmanship and team play, upholding the Spirit of Cricket.
Nationally, the Lord’s Taverners hold their annual three day Festival of Cricket at the prodigious Felsted School, Essex, in August. Over 90 participants from all the Wicketz programmes throughout the UK engaged in cricket skills, competition and inspirational life skills workshops. Participants also had coaching from some of the world’s leading cricketers, including a spin masterclass from England off spinner Monty Panesar.
Being based in the heart of communities at community centres, Wicketz Bristol aims to allow children who may not be able to join a sports club, for various reasons such as expense or lack of transport, an opportunity to have this experience. Wicketz Bristol are very proud of the links we have forged with the many communities in Bristol and seeks to develop these relationships into working partnerships to offer educational workshops to aid with positive life choices.
Wicketz Bristol has been fortunate to link with other educational partners in Bristol. This includes the police, fire service, health services, local council, youth clubs and youth council members, as well as other sporting bodies and creative groups. These links will aim to broaden the horizons of those who take part and encourage them to be more community minded.
Wicketz offers a range of volunteer opportunities from coaching to back-of-house administration. Should volunteers be able to help on a long term basis, the Lord’s Taverners will seek to up-skill the volunteer in the relevant qualification, be it a Level 2 Cricket Coaching course or a computer course. This will not only help to sustain the Wicketz hub, but also offer employment opportunities for that individual.
Where and when is Wicketz
There are currently three Wicketz Bristol hubs that operate throughout the year, even during school holidays. All hubs are FREE for girls and boys aged 8 – 16.
Southmead – Mondays at the Southmead Youth Centre, Greystoke Avenue, Bristol, BS10 6AS 4.30pm – 6.00pm. Girls and boys.
Knowle – Tuesdays at The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Bristol, BS4 1DQ 4.30pm – 6.00pm. Girls and boys.
Fishponds – Thursdays at the Hillfields Community Hub, Thicket Road, Bristol, BS16 4EH. Boys 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Girls 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Cost – FREE
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