[lead]Free cricket sessions for children ages eight to 11 will start in Southmead and Knowle this February.[/lead]
Run by local coaches they are designed to provide a fun first experience of the game to youngsters who have never played before.
The sessions are part of the new Bristol Wicketz programme which is funded by the Lord’s Taverners and run in partnership with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
As well as providing opportunities for children to play cricket they also aim to bring people together.
Bristol Wicketz development officer Crispin Shingler said: “[blockquote size=”full|half|third|fourth|two-thirds|three-fourths” align=”left|center|right” byline=rating=”0|1|2|3|4|5″]This isn’t traditional cricket, these games of cricket will be quick and easy to follow so anyone can get stuck in and have fun. The Wicketz hubs will bring the heart of the communities in Southmead and Knowle together, by providing free and accessible cricket. We also hope to be able to bring in coaches from other sports to offer variety.”[/blockquote]
The Southmead sessions will be held at Southmead Youth Centre, Greystoke Avenue, Bristol, BS10 6AS every Monday 4.30pm – 6.00pm from February 6.
The Knowle sessions will take place at the Park Knowle, Daventry Road, Bristol, BS4 1DQ every Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.00pm from February 14.
The scheme also hopes to encourage adult volunteers to get involved.
Crispin added: “If you have an interest in coaching or would like to help behind the scenes, we would love to hear from you. These new Wicketz hubs will be shaped by the communities that use them, and the invitation is open for families to get involved.
These are the first two Wicketz hubs to get off the ground since Crispin took up the role late last year. He also hopes to start a girls-only hub in the coming months
He added: ““It has been a fantastic journey getting the first two Wicketz Bristol hubs ready. I have spoken to so many people who are passionate about their community and have welcomed the idea with open arms. I look forward seeing how cricket can be used as a tool to bring communities together through the power of sport.”
If you would like to get involved with Wicketz Bristol or would like more information, contact Crispin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07398211596.