Lancashire trio take part in virtual Q&A with local Wicketz participants
Tom Hartley, Warren Hegg and Karl Brown have all recently taken part in online Q&As with participants from Lancashire Cricket Foundation's Wicketz hubs
With England currently in lockdown, Wicketz Development Officer, Chris Riley has been forced to think outside the box to engage young participants from his Lord's Taverners Wicketz hubs in Manchester, Salford and Old Trafford.
Unable to meet in person at the regular weekly sessions delivered by Lancashire Cricket Foundation, the young people have taken to Zoom to quiz a number of Lancashire Cricketers, past and present.
Former Lancashire and England wicketkeeper, now Head of Cricket Business, Warren Hegg and former Red Rose batsman Karl Brown were first to go live, with the programmes older participants, to discuss life as a professional cricketer and offer advice on establishing a career alongside playing sport.
Lancashire left-arm spinner Tom Hartley - who enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2020 - most recently faced questions from younger Wicketz participants on the importance of diet, training and how to keep busy and active throughout lockdown.
What is Wicketz?
Wicketz is a cricket programme, run by Lord's Taverners and delivered in the local area by Lancashire Cricket Foundation, for young people aged 8-19, living in deprived communities. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, we provide year-round weekly cricket sessions with a focus on breaking down barriers, developing crucial life skills, creating stronger communities and enabling brighter futures for those taking part.
How does it work?
Wicketz in the North West is run across three hubs in Gorton (Manchester), Little Hulton (Salford) and Old Trafford, and has a dedicated development officer, Chris Riley, responsible for the running of each hub within the area. Chris works closely with the young people that come along to the sessions, many of whom are from hard-to-reach groups, including young offenders, refugees and excluded pupils.
How does it help young people?
Through cricket, Wicketz aims to tackle local issues affecting young people and their communities. Alongside cricket coaching and games, the young people taking part have the chance to learn from role models, community leaders, local authorities and others. Specially designed workshops also boost well being, social education, community awareness, promote positive life choices and develop new life skills.
For more information on the Wicketz programme, you can contact Chris Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07467 826372.
To find out more about Lancashire Cricket Foundation's work in the local community, visit: lancashirecricket.co.uk/foundation
Watch the Q&As between Wicketz participants and Tom Hartley, Warren Hegg and Karl Brown below: