Wicketz Bristol is a free cricket programme for 8–16-year-olds from inner-city communities.
The scheme is part of a national programme set up by the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
In addition to providing coaching and matches, the programme aims to use cricket to break down social barriers and improve the lives of young people.
Led by Wicketz Development Officer Sam Emmott, the Bristol project combines coaching and matches with workshops on everything from healthy living to leadership. The sessions have also included visits from police officers and Bristol Youth Councillors in order to help youngsters engage with their local communities.
Sessions – which use a soft ball – currently take place at venues in Southmead, Knowle and Fishponds and are open to players of all levels of ability. Every Wicketz session is run by qualified coaches and all equipment is provided.
Sam Emmott is the Wicketz Bristol Development Officer.
You can email him at Sam Emmott or ring him on 07398 211 596.