[lead]Young cricketers at the Wicketz Bristol Knowle hub were treated to an arresting coaching session courtesy of a visit from their local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).[/lead]
PCSOs Higbey and Mair visited The Park Centre to talk to the participants about their role and to attempt to burgle a few wickets and runs in the process.
Wicketz development officer Crispin Shingler said the experience had helped build a positive relationship between the youngsters and the police.
He said: [blockquote size=”full|half|third|fourth|two-thirds|three-fourths”align=”left|center|right” byline=”Crispin Shingler” rating=”0|1|2|3|4|5″] “The buzz created by the PCSOs coming to the Wicketz hub was brilliant. It is clear they care about their communities and want the best for the residents. For that to be communicated to the young people at Wicketz was inspiring.
“The fact that the officers also got involved in the cricket was fantastic and showed the power sport has to help break down the barriers that young people may have towards law enforcement.” [/blockquote]
During the session the officers – who work from Broadbury Road Police Station – spoke about their work, answered questions and allowed the youngsters to try on their equipment. But the highlight for most of participants was the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat of the officers’ police car and turn on the blue flashing lights and siren.
Crispin added: “As well playing cricket, which builds confidence through learning new skills and making friends, the participants at the Wicketz Bristol Knowle hub gained more clarity about the role of their PCSOs and a new-found respect for their work in the community.”
Wicketz Bristol, Knowle takes place every Tuesday from 4.30pm – 6.00pm at The Park Centre. For more information, please contact Crispin Shingler on 07398 211 596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org