What is Wicketz South Wales
Wicketz is a cricket programme for young people aged 8-16, living in deprived communities funded by the Lords Taverners and Cricket Wales. By establishing sustainable community cricket hubs, we provide year-round weekly cricket sessions with a focus on addressing social issues relevant to the area, breaking down barriers, developing life skills, creating stronger communities and enabling brighter futures for those taking part.
Where is it & how is it run?
We have an established hub in Llanrumney and a brand new hub in Ely, both with regular participants. A third hub based in Abercynon is restarting on Monday November 8th. There is a mix of boys and girls at both existing hubs as well as those signed up to the Abercynon hub, most of whom are in the 8-13 age group. Every session is run by a qualified coach, there’s no need to bring any equipment as it’s all provided and of course every session is completely free! Please contact Tomos Barry on the information in the flyers to book a place.
How does it make a difference?
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 wellbeing, social education, community awareness, promote positive life choices and develop new life skills.
Tomos Barry is our Wicketz South Wales Development Officer
You can reach him at [email protected] or 07545788960
Wicketz concentrates on building life skills to enhance the prospects of participants, using sports activity, both within sessions and through workshops. Participants have really enjoyed being given responsibility for leading warmups and other activities, with a real sense of ownership and achievement when it comes together well and everyone enjoys it. They have also been given problems to solve using team-based activities and asked to discuss and reflect. Through activities like this there have been noticeable improvements, which participants self-perception evaluations have also reflected, in team skills, leadership, communication and social skills within the group. These skills will all help with education, school participation and future prospects. With more workshops being planned, we foresee an increased impact on the personal development of the participants across all sessions.
The opportunity the Wicketz programme brings, with its focus on life skills and social integration, is different to most sport sessions and the impact this has had over the last 6 months have also been noted by both parents and community bodies who have seen a difference in behaviours, attitudes and engagement in both established hubs over the last 6 months. Wicketz reputation is growing in the cricket community and across Cardiff in particular. A number of people and organisations have asked to come and watch the program in action and others asking how their communities can become involved as they have heard good things about Wicketz in Llanrumney. For example, Sport Cardiff noted the value of the programme in the community and how much of an impact it was having in the area. A number of parents and carers have also commented how much the group have bonded and become friends and that their children look forward to coming every week.
We have had good support from the community in running the programme by linking with the local sports authorities and have a good relationship with a group of local foster carers who spread the message around the community. In addition, we have recently established good partnerships to help the social issues and personal development of the participants. These include -
- Fare Share Cymru who provide us with free food from supermarkets to give to the children at the end of the sessions and a platform to discuss healthy eating
- RAF who have run workshops and team building activities at our hubs
- Fire Service offering workshops on fire safety, and a presence in the hub to gain respect and raise awareness
- Wales and West Housing who have helped to promote and raise awareness of our hubs